It was just like old times for Jeff Suppan Tuesday.
With the bad taste of inferior Milwaukee suds finally rinsed from his mouth and pitching coach Dave Duncan in his corner, Suppan tossed four good innings for the Redbirds to help beat Seattle 4-2.
While Suppan was largely effective, he wasn't very efficient. It took him 73 pitches to complete four innings. But Suppan really only made one serious mistake: A ball that was hit for a solo homer by Milton Bradley. Suppan worked out of the bullpen for the Brewers, so he's not used to pitching deep into games yet. If he can do what he did Tuesday for six innings instead of four, he'll make a very nice fifth starter for the pitching needy Birds.
Ironically, Blake Hawksworth got the win in relief to improve to 1-3. Hawksworth is one of the candidates for the rotation who was displaced to the bullpen when Suppan was signed by the Cardinals.
Cardinals starter Jeff Suppan gets high fives from his team mates after scoring on a Brendan Ryan single in the fourth inning against Seattle. AP photo.
With the Cardinals down 1-0 on Bradley's homer, Colby Rasmus launched a two-run shot to right in the fifth to give St. Louis a lead it never lost. Later, Albert Pujols hit a blast of his own to extend the lead and increase his season homer total to 15. He has 381 homers for his career.
Cardinals Star of the Game: Colby Rasmus was 2-for-4 with a two-run homer that put the Redbirds in the lead in the fifth.
Cardinals Play of the Game: Rasmus' homer, which was his 13th.
Lowlight: Ryan Ludwick and Matt Holliday, who were swapped in the lineup on Monday to sensational results, combined to go 0-for-7.