St. Louis (3-4) at Milwaukee (5-3)

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  • Game info: 8:05 pm EDT Fri Apr 15, 2005
  • TV: FSMW
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Newcomers Carlos Lee and Damian Miller have made an immediate impact with the Milwaukee Brewers.

The duo will try to continue its offensive onslaught when the Brewers begin a three-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Miller Park.

Milwaukee acquired Lee from the Chicago White Sox over the winter and inked Miller to a three-year, $8.75 million contract.

Both players have made significant contributions to the surprising Brewers’ 5-3 start.

Milwaukee started 4-2 in 2004 and was fourth in the division with a 45-41 record at the All-Star break. However, the Brewers went 22-53 in the second half to finish with just 67 wins.

Milwaukee has a new owner this season and seems determined to put a winning product on the field. Lee and Miller have been perfect examples of the new attitude.

Lee, a 28-year-old outfielder, has a team-leading 10 hits and eight RBIs. He hit .305 with 31 home runs and 99 RBIs for Chicago last season. Miller leads Milwaukee with a .400 average. The veteran catcher has at least two hits in four of the six games he’s played.

Lee’s two-run double sparked a four-run eighth-inning rally Wednesday, carrying Milwaukee past Pittsburgh 6-2.

Outfielder Brady Clark continued his hot start with three hits. Clark has had two hits in each of his last four games and hit safely in six of eight.

Milwaukee will send ace Ben Sheets to the mound against the defending National League champions.

Sheets is looking to bounce back from a 4-0 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday. The hard-throwing right-hander allowed four runs and eight hits in seven innings. He struck out five and walked two.

Sheets has not fared well against St. Louis, going 4-8 with a 4.41 ERA in 15 career starts. He went 1-3 with 36 strikeouts and a 3.69 ERA in five starts against the Cardinals in 2004.

St. Louis went 2-3 on its first homestand and is 3-4 overall. Last year, the Cardinals started slowly but led the major leagues with 105 victories.

“We’re fine, it’s just one of those things,” said outfielder Reggie Sanders, who leads the team with four home runs. “We’re not stressing at all.”

Slugger Albert Pujols grounded into a game-ending double play with the bases loaded as St. Louis lost to Cincinnati 6-5 on Wednesday.

“We got a tough break, it’s part of the game,” said Pujols, who is hitting .241 (7-for-29) with one home run. “I don’t get frustrated about it because I know it’s early.”

Jim Edmonds homered for the second straight day, and Sanders had a three-run shot.

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J. Suppan SD vs. B. Sheets Atl
16-10 Record 10-9
3.57 ERA 3.33
114 K 141
63 BB 25
1.38 WHIP 1.07