Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Sheets, Brewers Struggle in Loss to Astros

So many things tonight should have worked in the Brewers favor. Today was the shared birthday of Ned Yost, J.J. Hardy, and even Chris Capuano. My "uncle" Henry Winkler was on hand to throw out the first pitch. It was even Fond du Lac Area Night at the ballpark. But even with the stars aligned for a magical evening, the Brewers could only muster a pair of runs in a 5-2 loss to the Astros.

The Brewers got a couple of runs early, via doubles from J.J. Hardy and Mike Cameron. But the Astros stormed back on a 2 run triple from Michael Bourn, followed by a 3 run shot from one of the league's newest Brewer Killers, Geoff Blum.

Sheets, who has been struggling as of late, gave up five runs in the losing effort. He's now 1-5 with a 4.06 ERA in his last five starts. Not what you'd expect out of our "co-ace", but Sheets says he's not pitching as bad as we think he is. Just do what you need to do to right the ship, Benny, because this team isn't going to win anything without you.

Rubber match tomorrow at 1:05, which happens to be La Crosse Area Day. I went to the game last year, when Damian Miller hit the walk-off home run. Hopefully they can expect similar magic in Wednesday's contest. The game isn't on TV, so do what you can to get out to the park.

Box Score.

TBC's Player of the Game: Ah, what the hell. Happy birthday, J.J.

(AP Photo/Darren Hauck)


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