Sorry about not getting a post up yesterday, but those early start times sneak up on you on the West coast. Anyway, Jeff Suppan pitched like he was 5 years younger and somehow threw 7 shutout innings against the Cardinals. Keep in mind that the Cardinals are missing Rick Ankiel and Ryan Ludwick who are both on the DL and Brendan Ryan just came off the DL, so they aren’t nearly as good of a lineup right now. Still, credit is given when credit is due and Suppan pitched very well. However, Suppan should definitely dish some of that credit over to JJ Hardy who made the play of the game in the 7th to keep the 1-0 advantage (youtube it, it’s worth it). After recording the first two outs, Suppan gave up back to back singles to Thurston and the pitcher (ugh) Wainwright putting runners at the corners. Skip Schumaker then hit a bullet in the hole, but Hardy ranged to his right and made a diving stop. Hardy flipped to Weeks at 2nd to get the third out. Great play. Speaking of Adam Wainwright, he was the tough luck loser, because he limited the Brewers offense to almost nothing. The key word is almost, because Corey Hart hit a solo shot to right in the second inning. Besides that, all the offense could muster was a single by Braun. Some people don’t enjoy 1-0 games, but give me a good pitcher’s duel any day. I love good pitching and in today’s game there is just not enough of it. We’ll see if the good pitching continues today, but don’t count on it. Here is a preview:
Todd Wellemeyer goes in game 2 for the Cardinals. In 7 starts this year, Wellemeyer has had 3 good starts and been rocked the other 4. Something that may be more telling is that his 3 good starts have been against Pitsburgh (2) and Washington. Definitely not among MLB elite teams. Wellemeyer’s ERA is 5.80, but if you think that is bad, opponents are hitting .337 off of him. I hope the Crew can tee off on this guy, because everyone else has. Manny Parra will go for the Crew and is coming off back to back wins to improve his record to 2-4. Manny has been pitching better than early in the year, but is still having command issues, walking too many people and throwing too many pitches preventing him from going deep into games. I’m still waiting for that break out performance. Maybe it will come today. Go Brewers!!