Milestone Sunday: Strikeouts and Home Runs Help Brewers to 3-0 Win Over Mets

MILWAUKEE, WI - SEPTEMBER 16: Wily Peralta #60 of the Milwaukee Brewers pitches against the New York Mets during the game at Miller Park on September 16, 2012 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Win: Wily Peralta (2-0)
Loss: Chris Young (4-8)

Save: John Axford (29)

HR: Braun 2 (40), Ramirez (24)

MVP: Wily Peralta (.419 WPA)
LVP: Rickie Weeks (-.053 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Chart

The milestones keep adding up for the 2012 Milwaukee Brewers. With his strikeout of Lucas Duda in the second inning, Wily Peralta put the Crew's season total at 1,259, setting a new franchise record. Ryan Braun used two milestones to account for two-thirds of Milwaukee's offense. Career home run number 200 put the Brewers up 1-0 in the fourth inning. Two innings later, Braun connected for his second of the day and 40th of the season.

The milestones propelled the Brewers to a 3-0 win over the New York Mets on Sunday. Peralta kept New York in check all day with one of the better outings by a Brewers pitcher all season. He pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and one walk, while striking out five. He also collected his first major league hit, a double in the seventh inning.

While Peralta was shutting down the Mets, the Brewers used the long ball to account for the offense. Braun hit solo shots in the fourth and sixth innings and Aramis Ramirez followed Braun's homer in the fourth with a solo shot of his own. John Axford pitched the ninth for his 29th save of the season--and 100th of his career.

The win caps off a 5-1 homestand and keeps Milwaukee in the thick of the race for the second wild card. The Brewers miraculous turnaround continues on Tuesday in Pittsburgh.

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