Apr 2, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Matt Garza (22) pitches in the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Matt Garza, Aaron Harang both carry no-hitters into seventh


For six-plus innings, Wednesday afternoon’s Brewers-Braves game looked like something more than just your typical Wednesday afternoon early April Brewers-Braves game.

For awhile it looked like high drama in the making.

At the end of six, both teams’ starters were still working on no-hitters. The Brewers’ Matt Garza and the Braves’ Aaron Harang were both mowing down the opposition with staggering ease.

Garza was actually perfect through the first three, finally giving up a base runner when he walked Freddie Freeman in the fourth. Harang matched Garza pitch-for-pitch, allowing only a walk through his first six.

And then in the seventh inning, the wheels came off history.

Garza was the first to fall, losing his no-no in the top of the seventh when Chris Johnson smoked a pitch over the fence for a solo homer. No-no and shutout gone in one swing.

And there went Garza’s dream of pitching a no-hitter in his first game with the Brewers.

Aaron Harang, also pitching his first game with a new team, went into the bottom of the seventh with a chance to still make history, but his own no-hit bid also fizzled in that seventh frame. Logan Schafer led off the inning with a single against the Braves’ hurler.

And with that single by Schafer, a potentially memorable afternoon in Milwaukee turned into just another early April afternoon in Milwaukee.

But for a minute things got pretty interesting.

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