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Jeff Suppan goes five scoreless in spot start with Padres

May 2, 2012, 10:23 PM EST

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Veteran right-hander Jeff Suppan bounced around between a few different minor league systems in 2011 and had surrendered nine runs (on 17 hits) in 6 2/3 innings through his first two starts this season at Triple-A Tuscon. So it was a shock when the Padres announced Tuesday that they were calling him up for a spot Wednesday night against the Brewers.

But it went about as smoothly as possible.

Suppan tossed five scoreless innings, yielding only four hits to a Milwaukee lineup that included Ryan Braun, Rickie Weeks, Aramis Ramirez and Corey Hart.

The bullpen carried the torch for the final four frames as the Friars rolled to a 5-0 victory.

With Cory Luebke now on the 15-day disabled list (retroactive to April 28) with elbow discomfort, Suppan may have earned himself another outing. Dan Hayes of the North County Times says the 37-year-old was regularly hitting 87 mph with his fastball, which is exactly his average from the 2010 season.

  1. brewcrewfan54 - May 2, 2012 at 10:32 PM

    This was pathetic Brew Crew. Minor leaguers tore this guy up. The same guy who took a ton of money from Milwaukee and pitched like crap the whole 4 years. ( just want to add one thing, Soup was a great community guy in his time in Milwaukee and for that I respect him a great deal)

    • nightman13 - May 3, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      So many people forget what a good guy he was in the community, it’s good to see people note that.

  2. icanspeel - May 2, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Petco is like the fountain of youth for pitchers though.. just when you think a pitcher is done, they pitch a great game there.

  3. micker716 - May 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

    Great effort by Suppan and the Padres. Alonso turned a nice 3-6-3 DP w/bases loaded and one out that was a difference maker. It’s just one game, but it was the first series win for the Pad’s this year.

  4. paperlions - May 3, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    In the Brewer’s defense, they are used to BP fastballs being high and right down the middle…they were confused to see an umpire, catcher, and so many fans for BP.

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