Sunday, August 31, 2008

As Advertised, Suppan Stepping Up in August

I've been pretty hard on Jeff Suppan for much of the season, as I've felt he just wasn't delivering on his $40 million contract. But, everyone kept telling me to wait until August or September, because that's when Suppan will really start to shine. Looks like everyone was right.

Suppan lead the Brewers to an 11-3 victory over the Pirates on Saturday night, as he ended August with a 5-0 month. Suppan gave up two runs on just three hits in seven innings of work, as is a big reason why the Brewers have been able to extend their Wild Card lead to 5 1/2 games.

Of course, the offense deserves mention for bringing home 11 runners in the game. Corey Hart hit his 20th homer of the year, to become the first Brewer to steal 20 bases and hit 20 homers in two seasons. Also homering was Mike Cameron, who hit his 24th home run of the season. That's a pretty good number for someone who missed the entire month of April.

Both Cameron and Hart had multiple hits, as did Weeks, Hardy, Hall, and Kendall.

TBC's Player of the Game: Jeff Suppan

Box Score.

(AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)


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