Brewers shut out for 2nd straight game
SAN DIEGO (AP) — It can't get much worse for the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Brewers were shut out for the second straight game and this one came at the hands of 37-year-old Jeff Suppan, who made his first major league appearance since 2010.
Also, reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun left the game with an Achilles injury.
Suppan threw five solid innings to win his first game since Oct. 3, 2010, leading the San Diego Padres to a 5-0 win over Milwaukee on Wednesday.
The Brewers have lost five of seven games and have struggled offensively.
"It's certainly not the way we envisioned," said Braun, who left the game in the sixth inning with a strained right Achilles tendon. "It's not the way we drew it up. But at the same time, I think all of us have been around long enough to recognize there's a lot of baseball left."
The Brewers will have a harder time getting back in the offensive groove if Braun is out for any length of time. Braun, who hit three homers, a triple and had six RBIs on Monday night against San Diego, said he hurt the Achilles tendon sliding into second base in Tuesday night's game.
"''It's just a little sore," Braun said. "We'll see how it feels (Thursday)."
The Brewers have a day off and open a three-game series Friday night at San Francisco.
Suppan, called up from Triple-A Tucson to start in place of the injured Cory Luebke, won for the first time since a 6-1 victory over Colorado as a member of the St. Louis Cardinals on the final day of the 2010 regular season.
The 37-year-old Suppan limited the Brewers to four singles, walked two and struck out two as he combined with three relievers for the shutout.
"It doesn't surprise me at all," Braun said. "He's had plenty of success. It's disappointing. It'd be nice if we could have gotten to him."
Suppan, who spent the entire 2011 season with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate Omaha, gave up consecutive, one-out singles to Corey Hart and Jonathan Lucroy in both the second and fourth innings. The Brewers loaded the bases in both innings, but Suppan escaped each time.
In the second, Suppan struck out Yovani Gallardo (1-3) to end the inning, Suppan got Travis Ishikawa to hit into a double play to get out of the fourth.
Sports Photo Galleriesview all
- 96630Oklahoma tornadoes: The 'Big Dog,' the little boy and the hug that triumphs over tragedy
- 13870Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms drink in success of 'Hangover' series
- 9391Oklahoma tornadoes: ‘All I could do was sit there and hold her'
- 8546Oklahoma tornadoes: Rams quarterback Sam Bradford leading aid effort
- 8291OKC Thunder: Kevin Durant tours Moore, meets with residents
- 7627How to help tornado victims
- 7193Hobby Lobby argues case before federal judges