Game #46: Sheets, Lack of Clutch Hits Doom Bucs

PNC Park | 7:05 | Snell vs. Ben Sheets | Box
You will be hard pressed to find an uglier complete game, one run effort than this one. Ben Sheets went the distance and held the Pirates to one run, but he allowed 11 knocks. The Pirates had at least one runner on in every inning except one. But, the only tally came via a Xavier Nady dinger.
Ian Snell wasn’t off the charts, but he deserved a bit better. He allowed two earned runs amid the four that he gave up. An error by Adam LaRoche paved the way for the Brewers to score twice in the fifth and pop a two-two tie.
I believe that Chris Gomez should play everyday at short until Jack Wilson returns. Not that he’s great, but I don’t really care to see Brian Bixler overmatched and Luis Rivas isn’t a great option. Gomez had a pair of hits tonight.
Sheet’s effort tonight was reminiscent of Jerry Koosman’s complete game 11 hit shutout against Montreal in 1985.

Pre-Game Thoughts
Everyone everywhere is wondering when Ian Snell will revert to the form during his first half of 2007. Maybe not everyone everywhere, but certainly every Pirates fan everywhere and everyone that has Snell on their fantasy team. For 2008 he is 2-2 with an ERA on the wrong side of 5.00. He is winless in his last six starts.
The Brewers have never beaten Snell. He is 4-0 lifetime against Milwaukee with a 3.72 ERA. He has beaten the Brewers more than any other ML team. Snell beat the Brewers in his last appearance against them, which fell on Independence Day.
The Brewers are 15-46 against Snell. Prince Fielder is the bull goose loony at 6-12 with two doubles and a tater. Bill Hall is 2-8 with five whiffs. Rickie Weeks is 0-4 with 4 Ks, earning him the career Golden Sombrero.
Ben Sheets ranks third in wins among pitchers born in 1978. He trails Barry Zito and John Lackey. Sheets has been around forever and thanks in part to some untimely health issues, has never won more than 12 games. He is 4-1 in eight starts in 2008.
He has made 20 career starts against the Pirates. Despite a nice 3.10 ERA, his career mark is 6-8. Sheets was beaten on 7/5/07, a contest that was delayed by inclement weather. That was his last appearance vs. Pittsburgh.
Xavier Nady is 7-13 with two doubles and two homers off of Sheets. Jose Bautista is hitless in eight career ABs.

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