Milwaukee (65-79) at Pittsburgh (59-86)

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  • Game info: 12:35 pm EDT Wed Sep 13, 2006
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Milwaukee pitcher Chris Capuano hasn’t had much luck since being selected to his first All-Star team.

He hopes for a little more help from his offense when the Brewers meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in a doubleheader at PNC Park on Wednesday after Tuesday’s scheduled game was postponed by rain.

Capuano (11-10, 3.49 ERA) went 10-4 with a 3.21 ERA in the first half of the season and was chosen for the NL All-Star team. Since then, however, he is just 1-6 with a 4.02 ERA in 11 starts, while receiving an average of just 2.73 runs of support.

The left-hander lost his second straight start last Wednesday, allowing two runs in eight innings of a 2-1 defeat to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

“He’s smart enough to know that he did his job,” manager Ned Yost said. “These guys need to control what they can control, and Cappy controlled his end of it.”

Capuano has lasted at least six innings and allowed four or fewer runs in all but two of his second-half starts. His 24 quality starts this season lead the major leagues. However, he is only 1-2 despite a 2.03 ERA in his last six outings.

“I feel like I’m doing my job, and that’s all I can do. …,” he said. “I don’t feel mentally down or anything. Obviously, I would like the team to be winning.”

Capuano is 2-5 with a 6.31 ERA in nine career starts against the Pirates— his worst ERA against any NL team. He has faced them four times this season, going 1-2 with a 5.87 ERA.

Shawn Chacon (1-2, 6.33) will take the mound for Pittsburgh in the first game. He allowed five runs and eight hits—including three homers—in six innings of the Pirates’ 7-5 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, but did not receive a decision.

Chacon is 1-2 with a 6.33 ERA in six starts since the Pirates acquired him on July 31 from the New York Yankees. He has not won since making his Pittsburgh debut on Aug. 3.

The right-hander is 1-1 with a 4.61 ERA in five career appearances, including two starts, against the Brewers.

Ben Sheets (4-6, 4.38). looking for his first win in four starts, starts the nightcap for Milwaukee. After beating Colorado on Aug. 23, Sheets is 0-1 with 2.61 ERA.

The right-hander, who’s missed more than two months this season with shoulder tendinitis, failed to record a decision in his last start. He threw a season-high 112 pitches, and gave up two runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings Friday in a 4-3 loss to Houston.

“My pitch count was up,” Sheets said after passing the 100-pitch mark for only the third time this season. “I’m sure that was a big factor.”

He will be opposed by Pirates ace Ian Snell (12-10, 4.88), as he tries to avoid losing three straight starts for the first time this season. In road losses to St. Louis and Cincinnati, the right-hander has given up nine runs and 14 hits—including six homers—in 11 innings.

“There is just a lot of stuff in my brain now that I just can’t wash away,” said Snell, who allowed four runs in six innings Friday in a 9-1 loss to the Reds. “It’s just got to somehow go away. And it’s got to go away soon, because I’m really upset.”

Snell has won his last two home starts to improve to 6-6 with a 5.77 ERA at PNC Park this season. Against Milwaukee this year, he’s 2-0 with a 1.38 ERA and .156 opponent batting average.

The Brewers (65-79) have dropped 14 of their last 17 including Monday’s 4-3, series-opening loss. Bill Hall hit his team-leading 31st homer for Milwaukee.

The Pirates (59-86), meanwhile, have won nine of their last 14. Chris Duffy hit a tiebreaking, two-run single in the fourth Monday, and is 11-for-22 with six RBIs in his last six games.

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C. Capuano MIL vs. I. Snell LAD
11-12 Record 14-11
4.03 ERA 4.74
174 K 169
47 BB 74
1.25 WHIP 1.46