Sheets Dominates Early in Brewers' Win

Bullpen backs up its ace despite two late Cincy rallies
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 18, 2008 10:41 PM CDT
Cincinnati Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers in the first inning on Friday, April 18, 2008, in Cincinnati.    (AP Photo/Al Behrman)
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(Newser) – Ben Sheets dominated for five innings before a tight pitching arm forced him from the game Friday, and Milwaukee held on for a 5-2 victory over slumping Cincinnati. Sheets (3-0) allowed only a pair of singles, looking very comfortable in a hitter-friendly ballpark where he has never lost. He left for a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning with the Brewers ahead 5-0.

Bill Hall hit a two-run homer off Bronson Arroyo (0-2), who gave up five runs in 5 2-3 innings. The lanky right-hander hasn't lasted six innings in any of his four starts, a product of his high pitch counts. On Friday, he threw 116. One of the NL's deepest bullpens held on despite two late rallies by the Reds.