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Ben Sheets tosses six scoreless innings in win over Nationals

Jul 21, 2012, 4:40 PM EDT

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After holding the Mets scoreless last Sunday in his first major league start since July 19, 2010, Ben Sheets kept on trucking this afternoon.

Sheets tossed six scoreless innings against the Nationals as part of a 4-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader at Nationals Park. The 34-year-old right-hander gave up just five hits while walking three and striking out six.

After missing all of last season recovering from two major elbow operations, including Tommy John surgery, Sheets now has 12 scoreless innings over his first two starts with the Braves. Just how long he’ll hold up is a legitimate question, but he’s provided quite a lift to Atlanta’s rotation already.

Edwin Jackson suffered the tough-luck loss for the Nationals, giving up just one run over seven innings while striking out nine. His only mistake came on a solo home run by Brian McCann in the top of the second inning. Michael Bourn scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning while Chipper Jones added a two-run pinch-hit home run in the top of the ninth inning for some insurance.

The Braves have taken the first two games of the weekend series to move to within 1 1/2 games of the first-place Nationals. Randall Delgado will start for the Braves in the nightcap while John Lannan will make his first major league start of the season for the Nationals.

  1. El Bravo - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    Love it.

  2. fearlessleader - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:48 PM

    Things Rick Ankiel and Babe Ruth have in common:

    1) They are the only players in history to have 50 HRs and 10 Ws (credit to jrfstl).
    2) Teams who cut them loose are apparently cursed.

    Better luck in the nightcap, Nats!

  3. bouwel92 - Jul 21, 2012 at 4:56 PM

    Glad to see hes been succsesful so far. Hope he makes it the rest of the season, and many more. Always been one of my favorite pitchers.

  4. georgewashingtonsghost - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:44 PM

    The Yankees cut Ruth, too.

    • fearlessleader - Jul 21, 2012 at 7:15 PM

      Yes. It was a joke.

  5. Kevin S. - Jul 21, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    I have no idea how long he can hold this together, but every additional start he does is just mother-flippin’ awesome.

  6. btwicey - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    Nice story this is turning out to be

  7. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Jul 21, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    i wish him the best, has to be a great feeling for him to come out strong after what he’s gone through. keep it going, ben!

  8. jon623 - Jul 22, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    ‘Atta boy, Sheets! I’m a big fan of Ben and want to see him do well, which I feel he has the potential to do. Back in the National League, where he had his success, with time to heal and a solid first outing… this could get fun to watch. Keep it up!

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