MVP: Jason Kendall (+.191)
LVP: Jeff Suppan (-.464)
A game that started out painfully slow only got more painful as the night went on.
The Brewers picked up right where they left off last night, leaving too many men on base and missing countless scoring opportunities. Such as in the third when the they couldn't score with runners on first and third and only one out. Or in the fifth when Casey McGehee hit a rocket to left that Seth Smith caught, and was able to double Ryan Braun off first. Or how about in the seventh when Jason Bourgeois left the base loaded. Total left on base: 27
Of course not all scoring opportunities were missed. Prince Fielder hit his 44th homer of the year in the second. Jason Kendall added another run in that inning, driving in McGehee on a double that nearly went out. Mike Cameron hit one out in the fourth and Jeff Suppan drove in Alcides Escobar later that inning with an RBI groundout. Jason Kendall added another RBI in the seventh and McGehee finished the scoring in the ninth with a solo home run.
Jeff Suppan, who
has had pretty good numbers at Coors Field in his career, saw those numbers take a big hit tonight, as the Rockies hit just about everything he had. Soup allowed eight runs, all earned (although a few misplayed balls added to his dificulties), in six innings. He also had three wild pitches, two of which allowed a runner to score. Chris Smith came in in the seventh and allowed a two run homer to Troy Tulowitzki. John Axford followed Smith and pitched a clean eigth.
The Rockies win and Braves loss tonight brought Colorado's magic number down to one.