2000’s Week: Zambrano’s no-hitter
Carlos Zambrano throws a no-hitter against the Astros at Miller Park in 2008. Tune-in as 2000’s Week continues Thursday at 7 p.m. on Marquee Sports Network.
Sept. 14, 2008: Zambrano’s no-hitter
A most improbable no-hitter at an even more improbable venue occurred on Sept. 14, 2008, at Miller Park in Milwaukee, Wis.
For the second time in the ballpark’s existence, the home team for a baseball game was not the Brewers. Nobody could imagine what fate had in store for Carlos Zambrano and his team that night.
Due to perceived damage and havoc of Hurricane Ike as it approached the Texas panhandle, MLB moved the Cubs-Astros series from Houston to the guaranteed site of Miller Park in Milwaukee with its retractable roof.
The teams were set to play a two-game set on the 14th and 15th of the month. The third game was rescheduled for September 29th in Houston if the game was deemed necessary. At the time the Cubs were leading the NL Central race and the Astros were in the Wild-Card hunt. Miller Park was used once previous to this series by the Indians and Angels in April of 2007 with bad storms hitting Ohio.
The Cubs were the visiting club despite the fact the crowd was 90 percent Cubs fans making the 90-mile trip from Chicago to watch their team play Houston. Twenty three thousand, four hundred forty one fans were on hand to witness history as Zambrano faced the Astros Randy Wolf on that Sunday night.
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Bruce Levine contributed to this article.