Win: Felix Hernandez (12-5)
Loss: Wily Peralta (8-12)
Save: Danny Farquhar (4)
HR: Smoak (13)
MVP: Juan Francisco (.046 WPA)
LVP: Logan Schafer (-.159 WPA)
Coming into today's game, it would certainly have been reasonable to expect this game to turn into a pitcher's duel. Wily Peralta has been mostly fantastic over his last nine starts and Felix Hernandez is Felix Hernandez.
Turns out, those predictions would have been very accurate. Unfortunately for the Brewers, they came out on the wrong side of this duel.
Wily Peralta was, once again, outstanding. He pitched all eight innings today (the Mariners never needed to bat in the bottom of the ninth) and allowed just four hits to the Mariners. Peralta did not walk a batter, and he struck out four. Despite so few baserunners, the Mariners did manage to get two runs off Peralta.
The first run, in the third inning, was partly Peralta's fault. Dustin Ackley led off the inning with a double, then advanced to third base on a groundout. With Henry Blanco at the plate, Peralta threw a wild pitch and Ackley just managed to sneak beat Martin Maldonado's throw to Peralta, who came in to cover home plate. Ackley may have scored anyway (Blanco flew out to right field to make the second out of the inning, a ball Ackley could have tagged up on), but it always hurts to have a wild pitch score a run in such a low scoring affair. The Mariners' second run came in the fifth inning, when Justin Smoak took a good pitch and launched it into the right field bleachers.
That home run was more than the Mariners would need. Felix Hernandez Felix'd all over the Brewers today, going eight innings and allowing four hits and a walk. While Peralta allowed one fewer baserunner than Hernandez, Felix also struck out nine batters and generally had the Brewers looking silly.
Milwaukee did have a small glimmer of hope in the ninth. Jonathan Lucroy singled with two outs to bring up team home run leader Carlos Gomez, but Gomez hit a smasher to third base that was fielded easy enough by Kyle Seager, who threw to first in time to secure the win.
Juan Francisco had the only Brewer extra base hit today with a double. Other than him and Lucroy, only Martin Maldonado, Scooter Gennett and Jean Segura picked up hits for Milwaukee. Caleb Gindl drew the lone walk.
The Brewers get a day off on Monday before heading to Texas to take on the Rangers.