Sheets pitched into the ninth inning to beat the Cubs for the
fifth straight time, and Jorge Fabregas hit a two-run double for
his first hit with Milwaukee as the Brewers ended a five-game
losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Chicago on Monday night.
''It's a different atmosphere out there, always a little
something extra against the Cubs,'' said Sheets, who improved to
5-0 against the Cubs in his brief career.
''Ben was tremendous,'' Fabregas said. ''He had everything
working, just an outstanding performance.''
Sheets also benefited by two fine defensive plays that were
turned into double plays. Sheets left after walking Bill Mueller to
lead off the ninth inning. Mike DeJean got three outs for his 21st
save in 24 chances.
''Ben had great command tonight,'' Milwaukee manager Jerry
Royster said. ''He had command of his fastball and was effective
The Brewers, who have the worst record in the National League at
45-85, have won eight of 10 against the Cubs this season.
The Cubs, playing without Sammy Sosa (strained muscle in neck)
for the second straight day, have scored eight runs in their last
''It's tougher on the hitters than it is on us (pitchers),''
rookie starter Mark Prior said. ''They are used to producing. They
have careers with a lot of RBI and home runs. It's tough on
everybody right now.''
Fabregas ended a 0-for-23 slump -- 0-for-8 with the Angels and
0-for-15 since being acquired by the Brewers on July 30 -- with a
double to the left-field corner in the second inning for a 2-0 lead
against Prior (6-5).
''I knew I'd get a hit sooner or later,'' Fabregas said.
''Luckily, I got the big hit tonight.''
Prior allowed only two runs and three hits in seven innings. He
struck out six and walked two. After the double by Fabregas, Prior
gave up only an infield single in the sixth to Richie Sexson before
being lifted for a pinch-hitter in the eighth.
''We wasted a good pitching performance,'' Chicago manager Bruce
Kimm said. ''We got great pitching from Prior and (Kyle)
Farnsworth. It's a shame ... two runs. We should have beat that
Milwaukee CF Alex Sanchez turned 26 Monday. ... After
trading Jeff Fassero (age 39) and Tom Gordon (34), the Cubs
reduced the average age of their pitching staff to just under 26.5
years. ... Chicago RHP Alan Benes makes his second start since 1997
when he pitches Tuesday in Milwaukee. ... The Cubs replaced Fassero
on their roster by recalling 2B Bobby Hill from Triple-A Iowa.
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