Ben Sheets is back in form
Ben Sheets showed the world Saturday night that he had no lingering problems with a groin injury that shortened his last start. Sheets went the distance for his fifth complete game of the season and tossed his third shutout of the season in leading the Brewers to a 1-0 win over the Padres. Sheets struck out seven on the night and out-pitched Jake Peavy to pick up his career-high 13th victory. The Padres managed only five hits on the night against Sheets, who now looks to be ready for postseason play.
The Brewers offense managed only one run and concern is starting to grow about the lack of timely hitting with this lineup. Ryan Braun scored the only run of the night in the third inning on a Prince Fielder double. The top of the order has done a good job of getting on base but Ryan Braun, Prince Fielder and Corey Hart need to start driving in those runners if the Brewers are going to hold on to the Wild Card spot and do any damage in October.
The Brewers go for a third straight victory against the Padres on Sunday and will send Manny Parra to the mound to get the job done. The Brewers still sit four games behind the Cubs but are four and a half games ahead of the Phillie for the Wild Card spot. A Brewers win today over the Padres and a Mets sweep of their doubleheader with the Phillies would extend that lead to six games. GO METS!!!!