Suppan gets tough loss

23 05 2008

Jeff Suppan got a tally in the loss column for today’s game against the Washington Nationals, but he certainly didn’t deserve it.

The veteran was cruising along, getting the lead-off man to ground out in the sixth. Soup then walked Felipe Lopez, which is always a no-no. He looked to recover nicely, however, inducing an easy grounder from Christian Guzman to JJ Hardy. Hardy was right by the bag. He simply had to step on the bag and fire the ball to first to end the inning.

Instead, Hardy rushed himself, bobbled the ball, and got no one. Things then unraveled for the Brewers. Four runs scored in the inning, and the Brewers were unable to sustain any type of rally for the remainder of the game. Prince Fielder and Craig Counsell got on in the ninth with nobody out, but both failed to score as the rest of the offense floundered behind them.

After getting called up earlier in the day, Tim Dillard made his major league debut for the Milwaukee Brewers. He faired much better than did Zach Jackson and Mark DiFelice in the previous days, as he allowed no runs and struck out a batter.

The offense has been getting better. The starting pitching has improved lately (minus Dave Bush yesterday). Yet the Brewers are still struggling to win games. I just don’t understand. The Crew can still come back to win the series, which they should, but I have a feeling they will not make it look easy.

Records: Brewers (22-26); Nationals (21-28 )

Hero of the Game: Jeff Suppan

I know he gave up two walks and a couple doubles in the sixth inning, but he did not deserve the fate he was handed. He pitched effectively and efficiently through the fifth inning, and he even provided the team with its only RBI of the game. I would have given this award to someone on the offense, but no one earned it. Hence…I’ll go with the offensive hero that just happened to be on the mound in the same game.

Goat of the Game: JJ Hardy

JJ Hardy…supposedly the best infielder on the team…somehow cannot get a routine ground ball into his glove well enough to step on second base in the sixth inning. He may not be hitting as well as Brewers fans would like, but we have always been able to rely on his defense. Not the case tonight. Brutal.

On Tap

RHP Seth McClung will try to solidify the back-end of the Brewers rotation tomorrow against LHP John Lannan and the Nationals. The game will start at 6:10pm CT.

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