Jeff Suppan, filling in for Cory Luebke who now finds himself on the disabled list, shined in his first Major League outing of the season. He helped the Padres shut-out the Brewers and win their second game in a row. The two wins in a row means the Padres took two of three from the Brewers. It also mean the team has finally won a series.
Only 15,000 or so fans saw the series victory in person, but it was a series victory nonetheless. Jeff Suppan tossed five scoreless innings, allowed just four hits, and walked just two. Ernesto Frieri, Luke Gregerson, and Dale Thayer combined to shut-out the Brewers for the remaining four innings, but it was Suppan who received the most praise.
Coming out of Triple-A Tucson with a 12.15 ERA, not many knew what to expect. With Cory Luebke, the team’s best pitcher to date, sidelined, not many had hope for a series victory. But that exactly what they got. And with that victory comes hope. The team is still eight games under .500, but they’ve shown they can beat good teams. They’ve shown they can beat teams twice in a row. The key going forward will be doing so more consistently.
Mark Kotsay got the start after single-handedly winning the second game of the series. He did not disappoint. He blasted an RBI double in the third inning to give the Padres an early lead from which they would never look back. Jesus Guzman, who has struggled most of the year, padded the Padres lead in the eighth with a pinch-hit, two-run double.
The Padres went 7-17 in April, but the “Say May Kids” are 2-0 so far in May. The team is off today, but they take on the Miami Marlins starting Friday. Anthony Bass will face Josh Johnson at 7:05 PT.