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Cardinals 4, Brewers 2: Miller outduels Peralta

Wily Peralta didn't give up a hit for five innings and still gets the loss Tuesday night as the Brewers get shut out by Shelby Miller.

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Win: Shelby Miller (13-9)
Loss: Wily Peralta (9-15)

HR: Matt Holliday (19), Logan Schafer (4)

MVP: Aramis Ramirez (.060 WPA)
LVP: Carlos Gomez (-.121 WPA)

Fangraphs Win Expectancy Graph

For six innings tonight, Wily Peralta was just about untouchable.  With two outs in the fifth inning, Peralta had yet to give up a hit.

Then, Peralta caught a little bit too much of the strike zone with a first-pitch fastball to Matt Holliday and his no-hitter and shutout were gone.  Holliday crushed a fastball from Peralta on the inside half of the plate to left center field and scored Matt Carpenter, who had been walked earlier in the inning, to give the Cardinals the first two runs of the game.

When Peralta came out of the game with two outs in the seventh inning, he had allowed six base runners on the night with two hits and four walks.  Peralta did a great job keeping Cardinals hitters off balance Tuesday night and tallied seven strikeouts, but ultimately it wasn't enough as Shelby Miller was just as difficult on Brewers hitters.

Miller may not have had five innings of no-hit baseball, but he did confound Brewer hitters all night and shut them out for 6.2 innings.  Miller gave up five hits while striking out four and walking two.  Though he struck out fewer batters, he actually threw more strikes than Peralta throwing 72 strikes in 108 pitches.  Brewer hitters have just not been able to figure out Miller this year and have only been able to manage three runs against him in 25 innings pitched.

Peralta left the game in the seventh with two runners on base and made way for Michael Gonzalez.  Gonzalez promptly gave up a single to Carpenter on his very first pitch to allow the third run of the game and Peralta's third earned run.

The Brewer bullpen struggled in its second inning as well with Donovan Hand allowing the fourth run of the game.  Hand gave up a run on two singles and a walk before Burke Badenhop came into the game and ended the inning.

With a four run deficit, the Brewers were able to add a few runs in the ninth inning, but it was not enough.  Scooter Gennett started the rally with a leadoff double to left field.  After being moved over to third by Caleb Gindl, Gennett scored on a Logan Schafer home run to right field.  Juan Francisco flew out and Norichika Aoki grounded out to end the rally and the game.

The Brewers will be back in action tomorrow against the Cardinals tomorrow with Marco Estrada on the mound.  Estrada will face off against Lance Lynn for the Cardinals.  Lynn has struggled mightily as of late for the Cardinals giving up four or more runs in his last five starts.  First pitch is scheduled for 7:15 p.m.