Sheets outing bittersweet as Brewers defeat Braves
MILWAUKEE (Ticker) --
tossed a gem, but it may have come at a price.
Sheets tossed 7 2/3 stellar innings but was forced out of the game with a strained lat muscle on the right side of his back as the
posted a 3-1 triumph over the
Sheets (10-9), who allowed just one run and five hits and struck out eight, injured his throwing arm on a second pitch curveball to
in the eighth inning. The following pitch sailed behind Jones and Sheets was removed from the game. The righthander had allowed just three runs in 16 2/3 innings in his last two starts, and is listed as day-to-day.
"He's got a slight strain of the right lat, not his shoulder, not his elbow," Brewers manager
said. "We'll evaluate him tomorrow, but we don't even know if he's going to miss a start. We think he's going to be just fine and dandy."
The light-hearted optimism wasn't limited to the manager. Sheets shared in a laugh at his own expense.
"I've tried to overthrow every pitch in my career. I don't know why he (Jones) didn't swing at it." When asked if it was his muscle that was strained, he replied, "I don't have any muscles."
got the final out in the eighth and
surrendered a pair of hits but struck out the side in the ninth to record his 29th save in 32 chances.
"Anytime one of your number one guys goes down, that's the big concern," Turnbow said. "I felt strong out there, but the first thing I did when I came in was ask how he (Sheets) was doing."
The Brewers took a 1-0 lead when
scored on a groundout by
in the first inning.
belted a two-run homer against
in the seventh that went just right of the left field foul pole to increase the edge to 3-1. It was his 29th homer of the season.
"When you face up against upper-echelon pitchers like Sheets, you have to minimize your mistakes. I made one, the location just wasn't good at that time," Ramirez said. "He (Lee) did a good job of keeping it fair."
Ramirez (10-8) tossed seven strong innings, yielding just three runs and five hits, but took the tough-luck loss.
"He was outstanding. He really threw great and had one pitch that he would like to have back," Braves manager
said. "We hit some balls hard off Sheetsy (Sheets). As good as he was, we were one hit away all night long.
with a single in the eighth inning for the Braves' only run.