Brewers-Giants: Jeff Suppan Struggles, Milwaukee Brewers Lose

Jerome HarrisonContributor IApril 8, 2009

MILWAUKEE - OCTOBER 05: Jeff Suppan #37 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies in game four of the NLDS during the 2008 MLB playoffs at Miller Park on October 5, 2008 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Phillies won the game 6-2 to win the series 3 games to 1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Milwaukee Brewers lost their season opener to the San Francisco Giants 10-6 on a rainy Tuesday afternoon in California. Jeff Suppan did what Brewers fans have come to expect, walking on thin ice the entire game and making crucial mistakes out over the plate that the Giant hitters did not miss.

Hopefully the Brewers can bounce back tonight with Yovani Gallardo on the mound against The Big Unit, Randy Johnson. First, a few thoughts on the season opener:


Three Things I Liked
1. Ken Macha's presence was felt from the get-go, as the Brewers base runners were on the move early and often Tuesday afternoon. The Brewers ended up stealing a total of four bases, but also had several other attempts thwarted by foul balls or balls put in play.
One of the big knocks on Yost was his reliance on the long-ball and to see Macha getting runners in motion (even with the heart of the order at the plate) was a nice—and effective—change of pace.


2. Two of the Brewers more frustrating hitters last season, Rickie Weeks and Mike Cameron, got off to solid starts, teaming up for five walks, three stolen bases, three hits, two RBI, and (wait for it....) ZERO STRIKEOUTS.
If the Crew can continue to get that kind of production out of those two, expect many more high scoring offensive performances.

3. Though he struggled on the mound, I have finally settled on a nickname for Seth "TBG" McClung (the nickname is TBG...I'm still determining if it is offensive in any way, so if you think you know what it stands for let me know. Otherwise, I'm going to get a few second opinions before unleashing the beast).


Three Things I Could Have Done Without
1. Jeff Suppan was terrible on Tuesday. The painfully familiar site of a Suppan change-up/curveball/slider hanging out over the plate might haunt my dreams the entire season. Suppan is an innings eater, but if he continues to dig early holes for the Brewers his outings will surely leave the state of Wisconsin collectively going gray/bald in frustration.


2. Why did Dave Bush pitch yesterday? I may have just missed something, but considering Dave Bush is the Brewers No. 4/5 starter I was very surprised to see him pitch an inning of relief yesterday.
Before I could even utter "Why is Bush pitc...." he had given up a home run. Maybe Bush knew that he was an option yesterday--but I doubt he actually thought he would get in.
Not to take all blame away from Bush, but I find it hard to believe he was expecting to pitch yesterday and was likely not mentally prepared to enter the game. No sense in starting up a yet, but that move seemed a bit odd to me, with capable long relievers like DiFelice still available.


3. I don't know if anyone else was watching, but the San Francisco Giants felt it was necessary to introduce EVERYONE on their team (trainers, massage therapists, bat boys, etc.) before the start of the game.
I'm all for a respectable Opening Day ceremony and giving the little-people their due, but with storm clouds on the horizon and what was supposedly an inevitable rain-delay on the way, the drawn out pre-pitch festivities were a bit much.

Today's Prediction

The Brewers will right the ship tonight, with Gallardo throwing a quality six-plus innings: Brewers 6, Giants 3