MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
authored a record performance to put the
' bats to sleep.
Sheets struck out a franchise-record 18 in baseball's best pitching performance of the season, leading the
to a 4-1 victory over the Braves.
Using pinpoint control with his fastball and a dominant curveball, Sheets (4-2) struck out at least two batters in seven of nine innings. The righthander recorded his final six outs via the strikeout and threw 91 of 116 pitches for strikes.
"Location of the fastball, that's the key that's going to set up every other pitch," said Sheets, who threw first-pitch strikes to 22 of 31 batters. "If you keep the fastball down and away, up and wherever you need it, there's a good chance you are going to be successful in that game.
"I had a good curveball going, but location of the fastball set up that curveball, for the most part."
A member of the United States' 2000 Olympic gold medal team, Sheets broke
' team record for strikeouts. Haas fanned 14
New York Yankees
in 1978, when the Brewers played in the American League.
"Some days you wake up and you have great stuff," Brewers manager
said. "Some days you have to battle through with just mediocre stuff. But he woke up today with phenomenal stuff.
"He was on the attack. He threw 85 percent strikes. He had a great fastball and total command of the breaking ball. I didn't know he was striking out guys until they put it on the scoreboard that he had struck out 14 guys. I had no idea."
share the major league record with 20 strikeouts in a game.
Sheets gave a up a solo homer to
in the seventh inning, two other hits and a walk en route to his fourth career complete game.
Sheets, whose previous career high for strikeouts was 10, fanned every Brave except
, who was making his first major league start.
After giving up a leadoff double to
in the first, Sheets retired 15 straight batters before walking Green to open the sixth.
"The way he was pitching, he could have thrown a no-hitter," said Jones, who homered with two outs in the seventh. "He made a mistake in the first inning throwing an 0-2 base hit double to Wise and he made a mistake with me, too, 0-2 fastball down and away and I hit it for a homer. He pitched good."
and J.D. Drew looking to lead off the ninth.
struck out swinging to end the game but stopped twice during the at-bat to argue with plate umpire Doug Eddings.
"I don't think he should have had that many," Estrada said of Sheets' strikeout total. "I think when you have no runners on base, even with two strikes on you, we were swinging at that curveball. Granted, his arm action is weird and everything, but we need to be more disciplined than that."
had three hits and knocked in two runs for the Brewers, who salvaged the finale of the three-game series.
Overbay's two-run double in the first extended his hitting streak to 17 games and gave the Brewers a 3-0 lead.
"It's fun," Overbay said. "(Sheets) had a good tempo and kept the game going. It keeps you on your toes."
(2-4) had the unfortunate task of facing Sheets and allowed three runs and six hits in six innings. He walked three and struck out three.