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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Sheets Pitches Great In Return, But Rest Of Team Sucks In 1-6 Loss



From Sportsline.com:

Jeromy Burnitz hit a pair of home runs and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-1 Tuesday night to ruin Ben Sheets' strong return from the disabled list.

Sheets pitched seven innings, giving up only one run and retiring the final 14 batters he faced in his first appearance in nearly three months. Dave Bush (6-8) relieved him and allowed five runs in the eighth.

Ian Snell (9-6) matched Sheets, yielding one run and four hits in seven innings for the Pirates. He struck out nine and walked one.

Burnitz homered against Sheets in the second to give Pittsburgh a 1-0 lead but Prince Fielder hit a drive off Snell in the fifth to tie it. It was Fielder's 18th homer of the season.

Sheets left after seven and the Pirates jumped all over Bush. Nate McLouth hit a leadoff single and Jack Wilson bunted for a sacrifice, but Bush's throw to first was wild for an error, allowing the runners to advance to second and third.

Freddy Sanchez followed with a two-run single. One out later, Sean Casey singled and Burnitz then hit his 14th homer to make it 6-1.

In his last four appearances, Bush has given up 15 earned runs in 12 innings. The team's No. 5 starter, he has pitched out of the bullpen twice this month because the team has had days off and did not need him to start.

Sheets' outing still gave the Brewers plenty of reasons for hope, despite the loss. The right-hander, out since May 3 with tendinitis in his pitching shoulder, gave up six hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter.

The Brewers believe they can make a run at the NL wild card with Sheets and right-hander Tomo Ohka back in the rotation. Both pitchers missed nearly three months while injured, and the team went 6-17 in games started by their replacements.

Ohka has made two starts this month, giving up only three earned runs in 13 innings.

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