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Milwaukee Brewers (8-14) at Atlanta Braves (13-9), 7:35 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Ben Sheets (1-2, 3.97)
Atlanta - Shane Reynolds (1-0, 0.00)
(Sports Network) - Recently signed pitcher Shane Reynolds will try to stay
unbeaten this evening, when he leads the red hot Atlanta Braves against the
Milwaukee Brewers in the first of three-game series at Turner Field.
Reynolds has made two starts for the Braves, giving up just seven hits and an
unearned run over 12 1/3 frames of work. Last time on the hill, Reynolds
limited the Philadelphia Phillies to just two hits and an unearned run over 7
1/3 frames of work. The 35-year-old walked two and struck out one in the
Reynolds was signed by the Braves after the Houston Astros waived him and
recently inked Paul Byrd went down with an injury. The 35-year-old righthander
is 3-3 with a 3.64 ERA lifetime against the Brewers. He has given up 71 hits
and 29 earned runs over 71 2/3 innings of action.
Atlanta has won four straight after finishing a three-game sweep over St.
Louis on Thursday. The Braves posted a comeback 4-3 victory over the Cardinals
in the series finale. Andruw Jones' two-run single in the bottom of the ninth
inning lifted the Braves to the victory. Jones belted Cal Eldred's first pitch
into left-center field, scoring Rafael Furcal and Gary Sheffield to end the
game. Furcal finished with four hits.
Atlanta reliever Ray King (1-0) picked up the win, pitching one scoreless
inning of relief. He struck out one and walked one for the Braves, who have
won nine of their last 10 overall.
The Brewers are struggling after a three-game sweep at the hands of the
Florida Marlins, including a 4-2 loss on Thursday. Richie Sexson had three
hits for Milwaukee, which has lost four of its last six.
Todd Ritchie (1-2) absorbed the loss, allowing nine hits and four runs in five
innings. Matt Kinney followed with three shutout innings in relief. Ritchie
fell to 2-2 in five career starts against the Marlins.
Milwaukee will hand the ball to Ben Sheets this evening. Sheets is unbeaten
(1-0) in his last two outings, including a win over Houston last weekend. The
righty gave up seven hits and four runs over six innings, while fanning two in
Sheets has struggled a bit against the Braves in his career, going 1-2 with an
8.83 ERA. The former Olympian has surrendered 27 hits and 17 earned runs over
17 1/3 innings of work versus Atlanta.
Atlanta won five of six meetings between these clubs in 2002, including the
final five. The Braves have won seven of eight and eight of the last 12
overall in this series. Atlanta is 4-2 at home against Milwaukee since the
start of the 2001 campaign.
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