Cincinnati (46-40) at Milwaukee (44-40)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Jul 10, 2004
  • TV: FSOH
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Ben Sheets will make his second trip to the All-Star game next week.

He’ll try to close his first half of the season in impressive fashion when the Milwaukee Brewers meet the Cincinnati Reds in the third game of their four-game series at Miller Park.

Sheets has been overpowering in recent starts, allowing no more than one earned run in three of his past four outings. He allowed just four hits while striking out 12 over seven innings Monday in a 1-0 win over the Chicago Cubs.

“It was something you knew would happen all along,” Brewers manager Ned Yost said. “You watch him throw and it was just a matter of gaining experience and learning how to pitch a little. But he’s sure gotten to the point now where he’s gotten over the hump and gotten recognized as a quality No. 1 pitcher in the National League.”

Sheets will now try to help the Brewers avoid a third straight loss. After falling 9-3 in Thursday’s series opener, Milwaukee lost 3-0 on Friday.

Cincinnati started Aaron Harang struck out 10, and Wily Mo Pena homered to lead the Reds to their second straight win following a three-game losing streak.

Danny Graves pitched the ninth, tying his career high with his 32nd save. He also saved 32 games in 2001 and 2002, but even he had trouble believing he matched those numbers before the All-Star break.

“That’s pretty crazy,” Graves said.

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12-12 Record 12-14
4.90 ERA 2.70
126 K 264
61 BB 32
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