So things can only get better tonight with Wily Peralta (5.94 ERA, 4.26 FIP) on the mound. Peralta opened June with his best start of the season on Saturday, holding the Phillies to two runs on eight hits over seven innings, walking one and striking out six. That ended a three start streak where he posted a 10.03 ERA.
It's possible the radar gun reads a little hot in Philadelphia, but Brooks Baseball suggests Peralta was throwing some serious heat against the Phillies last time out. He actually reached 100 mph once in the middle innings of that appearance, which would be up a lot from both his 95.5 mph average and his previous start, where he cracked 98.
Peralta's start against the Phillies on Saturday was his first career appearance against them. No current Phillies have faced him ten times or more.
Elsewhere in return engagements, tonight the Brewers will face 26-year-old righty Tyler Cloyd (4.76 ERA, 3.90 FIP) for the second time in a week. Cloyd was the losing pitcher in Peralta's game on Saturday, and allowed three runs (two earned) on eight hits over seven innings. The 110 pitches he threw in that game were a season-high.
Cloyd is making just the tenth major league start of his career tonight and his fifth in 2013. He also made seven appearances for AAA Lehigh Valley this season and posted a 6.57 ERA over 38.1 innings before getting the call to the majors. He was one of the best pitchers in the minors last year, going 15-1 with a 2.26 ERA between AA and AAA.
Cloyd's start against the Brewers over the weekend was the first time the Crew has ever faced him. No current Brewers have seen him ten times or more.
Tonight's lineups are as follows:
And in the bullpen:
- Michael Gonzalez pitched one inning (13 pitches) yesterday, and also pitched on Tuesday.
- Tyler Thornburg pitched two innings (31 pitches) yesterday.
- John Axford pitched one inning (20 pitches) on Tuesday.
- Francisco Rodriguez pitched one inning (15 pitches) on Tuesday.
- Brandon Kintzler pitched .1 innings (10 pitches) on Tuesday.
- Donovan Hand and Burke Badenhop last pitched on Monday.
- Tom Gorzelanny pitched 1.1 innings on Tuesday and is expected to start on Saturday.
It's a cool night in Milwaukee tonight, but it should be dry. Expect a game-time temperature in the mid-50's and a closed roof.