Brewers 4, Twins 1
MILWAUKEE (AP)—Ben Sheets showed why he anchors the Brewers’ pitching staff.
Sheets pitched four-hit ball for six innings and Chad Moeller homered Friday night in Milwaukee’s 4-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Sheets (6-4) improved to 4-0 after a Milwaukee loss, and the Brewers are 9-5 overall in his 14 starts.
“You hate to put so much pressure on your No. 1 guy, but that’s his job, to be the stopper of the staff,” manager Ned Yost said.
Keith Ginter drove in two runs, and Brady Clark had an RBI single for the Brewers, who snapped Minnesota’s three-game winning streak. The AL Central-leading Twins lost for only the third time in 11 games.
“Not a very good game for us offensively,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “I think Mr. Sheets had something to do with that.”
The Twins landed in Milwaukee at 2 a.m. after rallying to beat the Expos 6-4 Thursday night for a three-game sweep in Montreal.
Torii Hunter, who had a hit and a walk and struck out looking, said the late flight had little to do with the outcome.
“When you play the game, the second wind comes up,” Hunter said. “Sheets, he was pretty good tonight. His curveball was unbelievable.”
Sheets allowed only one hit through the first four innings—Hunter’s double in the second.
Minnesota pushed across a run with one out in the fifth.
“We had one shot in the fifth inning, but he got out of it,” Gardenhire said.
Sheets, who struck out six and walked two, worked a scoreless sixth before Ben Grieve pinch-hit for him in the bottom half.
Sheets had only one complaint—his fielding miscue in the sixth.
With two outs, Corey Koskie lined a pitch right back at Sheets. He rolled out of the way, but the ball still hit him. He picked it up and threw from his knees, but the ball sailed over the head of first baseman Lyle Overbay. Sheets slapped the ground after the runner reached safely on what was ruled a hit.
“It’s embarrassing, really frustrating,” he said. “That should be an out. I ducked out of the way, but still after the ball hit me, I still have to make the play.”
“Their bullpen came in and did a great job,” Gardenhire said.
The Brewers helped Sheets out right away by scoring two runs off Carlos Silva (7-4) with two outs in the first inning.
Geoff Jenkins reached on a fielder’s choice, advanced on Overbay’s single and scored on Clark’s single. Overbay came home on Ginter’s single, the third consecutive hit off Silva.
Moeller gave Sheets a 3-0 lead in the third when he hit the first pitch from Silva for a solo homer, his third of the season.
Silva, who went at least seven innings in each of his previous three starts, gave up three runs and eight hits in four innings. He walked two and struck out one.
Ginter was hit by a pitch from Grant Balfour with the bases loaded in theseventh, forcing in another run.
The Brewers signed 18-year-old pitcher Mark Rogers, their top pick in the 2004 draft and the fifth choice overall. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander graduates this weekend from Mt. Ararat High School in Orr’s Island, Maine. He heads to the Brewers’ rookie team in the Arizona League next week. … The Brewers are 5-2 in interleague play this season. The Twins are 7-3. … Overbay’s first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 15 games. … Minnesota’s Lew Ford extended his career-high hitting streak to 11 gameswith an infield single in the ninth.