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|Sheets back to MLB - ULM alumnus Ben Sheets wins debut with Braves|
Former ULM Warhawk pitcher Ben Sheets, who made his ﬁrst MLB start in nearly two years, didn't disappoint as he tossed six strong innings Sunday in the Braves' 6-1 victory over the New York Mets at Turner Field in Atlanta.
Sheets (1-0) surrendered just two hits and one walk while striking out ﬁve in his 2012 debut. Aer allowing just one base runner in the ﬁrst two innings, Sheets ran into trouble in the third as the Mets had runners on second and third.
The right-hander kept the Mets oﬀ of the scoreboard as he forced David
Wright to ﬂy out to right ﬁeld.
After back-to-back perfect innings in the fourth and ﬁfth, Sheets got plenty of run support as Atlanta scored six runs oﬀ of New York starter, Johan Santana. Michael Bourn started the big inning for Braves with a RBI double left and Freddie Freeman capped the inning with a three-run homer to right to give the Braves a 6-0 lead after ﬁve complete.
In the sixth, Sheets notched his fourth perfect inning of the contest and was pinch-hit for in the home half of the inning.
The Braves used three pitchers to close out the contest and the Braves' bullpen surrendered just one run on four hits with one walk and one strikeout. Santana took the loss for the Mets and dips to 6-6 on the season.
Photo by Curtis Compton - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Photo caption: SHEETS PICKS UP WIN IN MLB RETURN- Former ULM ace pitcher Ben Sheets tossed 6 innings in the Atlanta Braves 6-1 victory over the New York Mets at Turner Field in Atlanta on Sunday. Sheets surrendered two hits and one walk while striking out five to pick up his first major league win in two years.