Ben Sheets will make his second trip to the All-Star game next week.
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.
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.