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CC Sabathia named winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for August09/12/2008 12:20 PM ET
CC Sabathia of the Milwaukee Brewers was selected by fans in an online vote as the winner of the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" for August, it was announced today. The award recognizes the player who performed his best when the game was on the line. Pepsi has been the "Official Soft Drink of Major League Baseball" since 1997.
The "MLB Clutch Performer of the Month Presented by Pepsi" winner is selected by the fans from a list of six nominees chosen by a special editorial panel from MLB.com, the official website of Major League Baseball. During the first week of each month, fans can visit a microsite powered by MLB.com specifically created for the Clutch Performer Platform, pepsiclutch.mlb.com, to vote for the nominee they believe was the best Clutch Performer during the previous month.
In six starts in August, Sabathia went 5-0 with a 1.12 ERA in 48.1 innings pitched. CC led the National League in ERA and innings pitched, was tied for the league-lead in wins and tied for second with 51 strikeouts. The 28-year-old southpaw tossed shutouts on Aug. 8th vs. Washington and Aug. 31st at Pittsburgh, and added another complete game on Aug. 18th vs. Houston. The 2007 A.L. Cy Young Award Winner struck out eight batters-or-more in five of his six starts, including three nine-strikeout performances. Sabathia has now won a career-best 12 consecutive decisions spanning 17 starts, dating back to June 10th. Since joining Milwaukee, CC is 9-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 13 starts, collecting 102 strikeouts in 102.0 innings pitched with six complete games and three shutouts. Overall, Sabathia is 15-8 with a 2.81 ERA in 31 games started between the Indians and Brewers. He has permitted 199 hits with 225 strikeouts in 224.1 innings, including nine complete games and five shutouts.
At the conclusion of the season, fans will have the opportunity to vote on the "Major League Baseball Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi" award winner at MLB.com and the award will be presented during the Major League Baseball postseason. Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees was named the inaugural recipient of the "2007 MLB Clutch Performer of the Year Presented by Pepsi."
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