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Thursday, August 11, 2005

Brewers Swept by Cardinals



Ben Sheets was pitching too well for his own good.

With Sheets having thrown just 65 pitches against St. Louis on Wednesday, Milwaukee manager Ned Yost chose not to pinch hit for his ace when the Brewers -- trailing by a run -- had runners at the corners with one out in the seventh inning.

The strategy backfired as the Brewers failed to score.

That paved the way for St. Louis' 3-0 win behind Jeff Suppan's stellar performance that gave the Cardinals their second straight three-game sweep at Miller Park.

"The way I was throwing the ball, I felt that it made a lot of sense," said Sheets, whose sacrifice bunt put runners at second and third before Chris Magruder flied out to end the inning. "If we get a base hit after, it's the greatest move ever."

Sheets (8-8) gave up two earned runs and five hits in his second complete game of the season. He struck out nine and didn't walk a batter.

Yost wouldn't second-guess himself for not pinch-hitting Wes Helms or Russell Branyan for Sheets even though the Cardinals couldn't have countered the move because they had nobody up in their bullpen.
The Brewers will face the Reds on Friday as Chris Capuano (12-7) squares off against Luke Hudson (3-5).

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