TORONTO, ON – After being denied his tenth win in his previous start against the Chicago Cubs, Roy…
Sheets Prevails in Battle of Aces Match-up
Brady Clark, who sits only behind Derrek Lee of the Chicago Cubs in Hits in the National League, lead off the game against Halladay with a single right field, then proceeded to steal second base, getting himself in scoring position for Lyle Overbay who would single back up the middle, scoring Clarke for an early 1-0 lead. The NL RBI leader Carlos Lee then stepped in, driving a low fastball from Halladay over the wall in left for a two-run shot to take a 3-0 advantage after a half inning of play.
The Blue Jay batters would try and get that back for their pitcher in their half of the first when Reed Johnson would line one to the wall in left, but hesitated rounding first base and was thrown out at second by Carlos Lee. That would prove costly as the next batter, Frank Catalanotto, would hit the gap in right-center for a double that would have scored Johnson if he hadn't been thrown out. Sheets would retire the next two batters to strand Catalanotto at second.
Toronto would finally get on board against Sheets in the following inning thanks to Gregg Zaun, who would hit solo-shot over the wall in right-field to trim the Brewer lead to 3-1.
Halladay meanwhile, began to get into a groove, shutting out Milwaukee over the next three innings before the Brew Crew would scrape together another run across the plate when Brady Clark would again get to Halladay, this time for a double. Jeff Cirillo would lay down a terrific bunt to move Clark to third. Lyle Overbay would dribble a grounder out in front of the plate but Halladay's throw home was not in time to keep the speedy Clark from scoring, making it 4-1.
Toronto would attempt a comeback in the bottom of the fifth by loading the bases with two outs, but Sheets would again escape trouble by striking out Catalanotto. They would trim the Brewers lead to 4-2 though in the seventh Russ Adams would double to left scoring Zaun who had singled.
The score would remain the same until the Milwaukee ninth when the slumping Geoff Jenkins, who had amounted a dreadful 0-for-27 streak at the plate, homered off Miguel Batista, a solo-shot, making it 5-2.
Milwaukee closer Derrick Turnbow would come in to close it out in the ninth but struggled with control problems, loading the bases. Manager Ned Yost had seen enough and turned it over to left-hander Travis Phelps to retire pinch-hitter Alex Rios with fielder's choice at second base, ending the game.
Ben Sheets, who worked eight innings of seven hit ball, allowed only two runs, one which was earned, improving to 3-6 on the season. Roy Halladay would be hit with the loss, his second in three starts, dropping his record to 10-4, after pitching six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits.
Both clubs will be back at it on Sunday, looking to win the rubber match of this three-game series. Josh Towers (5-5) of the Jays will battle Chris Capuano (5-6) of the Brewers.
The game on Sunday can be seen on the Rogers Ontario Preview Station starting at 1pm EST with radio coverage beginning on The FAN 590AM at 12:30pm EST.
InsideTheDome's Game Notes: Blue Jays center fielder Vernon Wells and his wife welcomed the birth of their second child, Christian Michael, into the world on Friday…Gabe Gross, who was called up to replace Wells, collected his first hit of the season with a single in the ninth…Catcher Gregg Zaun went 3-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored on Saturday.
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