Ben Sheets apparently wants to pitch in the All Star Game, if his performance over the last 5 starts is any indication. He’s won all 5, to bring his record up to 9-1.
I’m not sure who will get the starting nod for the game that means something, even now, but it’s pretty cool that the NL Central has so many strong competitors for the spot. The Reds Edinson Volquez leads the charge, but Ryan Dempster, Ben Sheets, and Kyle Lohse are all in the mix.
But back to Sheets. He dominated the Braves, striking out 7 and allowing only 4 hits over his complete game. Heck, he only had 3 balls on one hitter, so he was obviously dealing.
The Brewers offense was provided by someone other than Russell Branyan, who got the night off. I imagine swatting homers does take its toll on the body. I know that my handful of swings in the batting cages over the weekend made me sorer than expected. Mike Cameron knocked in 2 with his 12th home run, and Rickie Weeks showed he’s healthy by stealing what I believe is his first base since returning from the DL.
Milwaukee picked up a half-game on the idle Cubs and now sit 6 games back.