Sheets comes up short for first time

Sheets gets hit hard by Giants

at Phoenix
Tuesday, March 11

Giants at the plate: Ray Durham went 4-for-4 including a single in the second inning, when San Francisco sent 10 men to the plate against Brewers starter Ben Sheets and scored five runs. Fred Lewis and Aaron Rowand had two-run hits in the inning and each finished 2-for-4.

Brewers at the plate: Mike Cameron hit an RBI triple and scored on Prince Fielder's sacrifice fly as the Brewers took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, but the Giants went on to score the next eight runs in the game.

Giants on the mound: Matt Cain was sharp after the first, working three more scoreless innings and striking out four Brewers during his four-inning start. Kevin Gryboski and Steve Kline each pitched an inning of perfect relief to help snap Milwaukee's five-game winning streak and end San Francisco's four-game winless streak.

Brewers on the mound: Sheets worked a scoreless first inning, then struggled through the second and allowed his first runs of the spring. He was penciled in for at least four innings of work but lasted just three, allowing five runs on eight hits and three walks. It could have been worse; Cain slashed what looked what it would be an RBI single, but center fielder Cameron threw out Giants catcher Eliezer Alfonzo at home plate. Reliever Guillermo Mota continued his string of success, pitching a scoreless inning for the fifth time this spring.

Cactus League records: Giants 4-10, Brewers 9-5.

Brewers up next: Carlos Villanueva and Chris Capuano are slated to work four innings apiece and it's an important outing for Capuano, who has surrendered eight earned runs and 10 hits in four Cactus League innings and is trying to win a spot in the starting rotation.

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.