W: Ryan Dempster (2-0)
L: Jeff Suppan (0-1)
Prince Fielder (2)
MVP: Gregg Zaun (+.030)
LVP: Jeff Suppan (-.280)
Win Expectancy Graph and Box Score
One day after scoring twenty runs on the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates, the Brewers offense couldn't quite put it together. In the second inning, Prince Fielder hit a towering fly ball that appeared to just clear the center field wall but was ruled a double. The ruling was upheld after review. After that near-miss, Ryan Dempster continued to keep the Crew off the scoreboard until Craig Counsell plated Gregg Zaun with a two-out double in the seventh. Unfortunately, Counsell was thrown out trying to stretch his hit into a triple. It was that kind of game.
Things didn't go any better on the other side of the ball. Jeff Suppan started and was charged with six runs (five earned) and ten hits in only 4 1/3 innings. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, he just couldn't quite get over the hump and out of jams. On the bright side, Manny Parra continued his string of scoreless outings with four strikeouts in two innings. Parra has now pitched in six of seven games over a span of eight days and has yet to allow a run this season. LaTroy Hawkins and Todd Coffey finished off the evening by pitching the 8th and 9th, respectively.
Frankly, the highlight of the night was Doug Melvin telling the TV crew that you have to give a veteran the benefit of the doubt (referring to the Jim Edmonds signing) while Jeff Suppan was being hit hard down on the field.