The Milwaukee Brewers have been beating up on one of the best starting rotations in baseball.
The Brewers beat Mark Mulder and the Cardinals 8-7 on Saturday, one day after roughing up 21-game winner Chris Carpenter in a 9-6 win. Mulder lasted a career-low 1 2-3 innings, giving up seven runs and seven hits.
“Trust me, the last thing I want to go out and do is give up a bunch of runs,” Mulder said. “That’s the furthest thing from my mind. I just couldn’t get it to stop. One bad pitch after another.”
Chad Moeller hit a three-run homer and Brady Clark added a two-run drive for the Brewers, who have won four of their last five. Milwaukee, which climbed back to .500, is trying for its first winning season since 1992, when it was still in the American League.
“It’s a big win,” starter Gary Glover said. “One step closer.”
Chris Duncan hit a two-run double in the Cardinals’ four-run ninth for his first major league hit and RBIs. St. Louis, which has already secured home-field advantage throughout the NL playoffs, has lost three straight, matching its season high.
“We didn’t come out there to lose, but it wasn’t a total loss,” St. Louis manager Tony La Russa said. “It was exciting at the end.”
Suppan will look to end the Cardinals’ slide in the series finale. The 30-year-old right-hander has 10 career victories against the Brewers, his most against any team, and is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA in four starts against Milwaukee this season.
Suppan is squaring off against Brewers left-hander Doug Davis for the third time this season. Davis gave up four runs in four innings and Suppan allowed three in six, but neither received a decision in the Brewers’ 5-4 win on July 19.
Suppan gave up just two runs in five innings in a 5-3 win on April 26, while Davis gave up four runs in four innings and was charged with the loss.