Braves-Brewers: Ben Sheets Notches Complete Game as Brew Crew Cruises

Matthew GilmartinSenior Analyst IJune 23, 2008

Ben Sheets continued to roll Monday night at Turner Field against the Braves.  He pitched a one-run complete game and registered his ninth win of the season. 

Sheets (9-1, 2.59 ERA) also struck out seven.  He gave up only four hits. 

Sheets is 5-1 in his last ten starts with an ERA of 3.03

Sheets' has now thrown three complete games this year.  The last one was against Pittsburgh on May 21st.

In that game, he got the win and only allowed one earned run despite surrendering 11 hits.  He also fanned six that night and didn't issue a walk.

Braves' (38-40) starter Jo-Jo Reyes (3-5, 4.48 ERA) was touched for four runs in 2 1/3 innings. 

In the second inning, Milwaukee right-fielder Corey Hart laced a single to center.  Center-fielder Mike Cameron then hammered his 12th homer to left field, opening up an early two-run lead.  That would be all Sheets needed for the win.  

But in the third inning the Brewers (42-34) added on. 

Three straight doubles by second baseman Rickie Weeks, shortstop JJ Hardy, and left-fielder Ryan Braun plated Weeks and Hardy, widening the lead to four. 

In the fourth inning, second baseman Kelly Johnson scored the Braves' only run on a fielder's choice double play with no outs.

On a positive note, Atlanta reliever Buddy Carlyle went 4.1 innings and gave up only two hits and a walk.  He set four down on strikes. 

Braves reliever Jeff Bennett also threw two innings and allowed just one hit, a single by catcher Jason Kendall.

Milwaukee's probable starter for tomorrow's game is Dave Bush (3-7, 5.26 ERA), and Atlanta's is Charlie Morton (1-0, 4.91 ERA). 

In Bush's previous start against the Braves on May 27, he got a no-decision.  He went seven innings, allowing two earned runs on six hits and a walk.  He also struck out three.  That start was one of five outings this season where he allowed two runs or less (out of 13 starts).