Win: Wily Peralta (6-5)
Loss: Jacob deGrom (0-3)
Save: Francisco Rodriguez (20)
For the second consecutive night, a Brewers starting pitcher was outstanding at allowing very few hits. Last night, Marco Estrada still managed to give up six earned runs because of his unholy ability to allow home runs. Tonight, Wily Peralta was a bit more effective.
Peralta managed to pitch into the seventh inning, allowing just four hits to a weak-hitting Mets squad. New York managed to put one run on the board as Peralta also walked one and struck out three. That one run came in the second inning and gave the Mets a 1-0 lead as Lucas Duda hit a sac fly to bring in Curtis Granderson.
Fortunately, the Brewers offense was able to pick up the slack. It started with some small ball in the top of the third. Scooter Gennett led off the frame with a double, then moved to third on a Ryan Braun lineout. That allowed him to be in position to score when Jonathan Lucroy grounded out to short.
The next inning the Brewers had another leadoff double, this one coming off the bat of Aramis Ramirez. A Khris Davis single moved him up to third before Jean Segura brought Ramirez home with a single of his own. Wily Peralta laid down a sac bunt to put runners on second and third with two outs, but Gennett grounded out to end the inning. Milwaukee got one more in the fifth when Carlos Gomez brought home Ryan Braun.
Overall, the top of the order crushed it tonight, though they weren't able to cross home plate as often as they may have liked. Gennett, Lucroy, Braun and Gomez combined to go 8-18 with two walks for an OBP of .500. Lucroy, on particular, was great, going 3-5 with a pair of doubles to continue an insane hot streak.
After Marco Estrada's meltdown late in his start last night, Ron Roenicke must have decided to be a bit more careful with leaving his starting pitchers in. In the seventh inning, Wily Peralta allowed a leadoff single to Curtis Granderson, recorded an out, then was pulled despite throwing just 92 pitches to that point. The Milwaukee bullpen managed 2.2 innings of one-hit ball for the remainder of the game.
The Brewers and Mets will play one more tomorrow, Milwaukee's last game of the year in NYC much to my chagrin. First pitch is scheduled for 6:10 CT. That is, if it isn't rained out with the forecast looking like storms.