Sheets shelled in loss to Giants

11 03 2008

The first place Milwaukee Brewers lost 8-4 to the lowly San Francisco Giants today.  It was a day to forget for Ben Sheets and most of the other Brewer regulars.

Records: Brewers (9-5); Giants (4-10)

Batting

Rickie Weeks started the game getting hit by a pitch and a stolen base.  Mike Cameron quickly followed it up with an RBI-triple and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Prince Fielder.  Besides that, nothing too interesting happened at the plate.  It was generally a yawner of a game.

Bill Hall struggled today, going 0-3 with three strikeouts.  Let’s hope he gets away from that trend quickly.

Pitching

Ben Sheets had not been scored upon yet this spring.  That changed today, however, in a big way.  The Brewers ace gave up 8 hits, 2 walks, and 5 runs in three innings of work.  Ben will likely try to forget this outing as quickly as possible.  It was not a good showing today by Sheets.

Zach Jackson did not fair much better.  He allowed 5 hits and 3 runs in three innings.  Zach continues to show that he is not quite ready for the big leagues.  He’s beginning to be known as a Quadruple-A player.  That is, one that performs well at Triple-A, but cannot transfer that success to the big leagues.

The one bright spot for the Brewers was the work done by the bullpen.  David Riske, Guillermo Mota, and Tim Dillard continued to show their fine work this spring by throwing a scoreless inning a piece.  The ‘pen has looked very good thus far in Spring Training, and Brewers fans across the nation hope that continues into the regular season.

On Tap

The Brewers will take on the Seattle Mariners again at 3:05pm CT.  Carlos Villanueva and Chris Capuano are slated to get their innings in tomorrow.  This looks to be an important outing for Capuano, as reports have surfaced that Doug Melvin is actively shopping the lefty.  He’s been very unimpressive this spring, surrendering 8 runs in four innings.

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