Jeff Suppan will make his San Diego Padres debut and first major league start since Oct. 4, 2010 when he faces one of his old teams – the Milwaukee Brewers– on Wednesday in the finale of a three-game series. San Diego announced Tuesday that left-hander Cory Luebke (3-1, 2.61 ERA) will miss at least Wednesday’s start because of elbow tightness, so the Padres will turn to the 37-year-old to fill the void. Suppan is 12-2 lifetime in 22 games (20 starts) against Milwaukee with a 3.32 ERA, but hasn’t faced them since 2006.
The Padres have a pinch-hitter extraordinaire in Mark Kotsay, whose two-run homer in the eighth inning against his former team gave San Diego a 2-0 victory over Milwaukee on Tuesday. It was his second winning pinch hit in six games. He delivered a two-run double in the eighth inning of the Padres’ 2-1 victory over Washington on Thursday.
Brewers Padres Betting
When: 6:35 PM ET, Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Where: Petco Park, San Diego, California
TV: 6:35 p.m. ET, FS Wisconsin (Milwaukee), FS San Diego
PITCHING MATCHUP: Brewers RH Yovani Gallardo (1-2, 6.08 ERA) vs. Padres RH Jeff Suppan (2010: 3-8, 5.06)
Gallardo was on a roll (four earned runs in three starts covering 21 innings) before his last start, when he was crushed for eight runs and eight hits in two innings in a 13-1 loss at St. Louis on Friday. Gallardo is 2-1 with a 5.06 ERA in four career starts against San Diego and the current roster is hitting .306 against him. Chase Headley is 4-for-8 with a homer, while Orlando Hudson is 3-for-14.
Suppan missed most of spring training with a triceps injury. He pitched in extended spring training before making two starts at Triple-A Tucson, where he was 0-1 with a 12.15 ERA and allowed nine runs and 17 hits in 6 2/3 innings. Suppan is 2-2 in five games lifetime – four starts – at Petco Park. He is 138-143 lifetime with a 4.69 ERA, including 29-36 in three-plus seasons with Milwaukee.
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1. Milwaukee first baseman Mat Gamel left Tuesday’s game after the first inning when he twisted his knee trying to catch Nick Hundley’s foul pop near the stands.
2. San Diego left fielder Carlos Quentin was 2-for-3 with a three-run homer for Triple-A Tucson on Tuesday in his first rehab start. He underwent knee surgery during spring training.
3. Ryan Braun went 1-for-4 on Tuesday, one night after hitting a career-high three homers, matching a career best with six RBIs and setting a Brewers record with 15 total bases in Monday’s 8-3 victory.