Tuesday, the Brewers played a day-night doubleheader in St. Louis. And while doubleheaders make for long days regardless, a freak injury to one of their most promising rookies scheduled to make his Major League debut made for an even stranger day at Busch Stadium.
Spot starter Brent Suter, who was called up from Class AAA Colorado Springs as the 26th player allowed on the roster because of the doubleheader, was told just minutes before game time that he would have to step in for prospect Brandon Woodruff, who pulled his hamstring right before the game began.
“Twenty minutes before (game time), Brent Suter is eating Wheat Thins and (Brewers Manager) Craig Counsell says ‘hey, you’re starting,” radio play-by-play announcer Jeff Levering told WTMJ’s Wisconsin’s Morning News on Wednesday. “He (Suter) says ‘okay’ and goes out there and throws pretty well (4.2 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 2K).”
Adding to the weirdness of playing two games on one day, since there is nothing to gain by leaving the ballpark for the teams; they simply stay inside their respective clubhouses and try to waste as much of the three hours or so in between games.
Tuesday, the Brewers lost game one, 6-0, but rebounded to earn the doubleheader split in the nightcap, 8-5.
Radio coverage of Wednesday night’s third game of th four game series begins at 6:40 P.M. on 620 WTMJ.
To listen to Jeff Levering’s entire conversation from Wednesday’s Wisconsin’s Morning News, click on the Soundcloud link above.