Win: Wily Peralta (7-5)
Loss: Will Harris (0-2)
HR: Scooter Gennett (4)
You know why I feel really good about Wily Peralta's future? Because he didn't have the best beginning to his outing tonight and, really, it seemed like he had a lot of struggles and was on the way to a terrible start. His final line, though? A quality start: Seven innings pitched, three earned runs, six strikeouts and zero walks.
Peralta did give up nine hits though, and had been leaving a lot of pitches over the plate to begin the game. He gave up a couple two-out singles in the first before escaping by striking out Aaron Hill. Then, in the second, Peralta gave up four straight singles to start the bottom of the frame en route to giving up three runs. That was all the Diamondbacks would manage off him.
After the second inning, Peralta really settled down and allowed just a pair of singles over the next five innings. That's some veteran-style psyche on the mound for the Brewers' young pitcher, coming back from a tough two innings to shut down the Diamondbacks. I'm looking forward to seeing him grow even more in the coming years.
Meanwhile, the Brewers picked up a pair of runs of their own in the second inning as Khris Davis tripled in Aramis Ramirez, then later scored on a double-play ball off the bat of Jean Segura. A Scooter Gennett homer in the third tied the game at three apiece.
That's where it stayed until the eighth inning, when the Brewers broke it open. Joe Thatcher got two quick outs, but was then pulled in favor of Will Harris. Harris immediately gave up two straight walks to Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy, then threw a wild pitch that allowed Braun to move to third. An Aramis Ramirez double and Khris Davis single later and the Brewers enjoyed a 6-3 lead.
That didn't stop Milwaukee from earning a few Badger Mutal Insurance runs however. Again the first two Brewers' hitters in the ninth made outs. And again, the Brewers managed to score three runs anyway as Elian Herrera and Martin Maldonado both reached base successfully, then were followed by a Gennett single and Braun triple.
Gennett and Braun were two of five Brewers' batters with multi-hit games, joining Khris Davis and Elian Herrera with a pair of hits apiece. Aramis Ramirez picked up three hits, including a double. Braun also managed to reach base three times as he also drew a walk while Jonathan Lucroy had a walk and a single.
The Brewers and Diamondbacks will play game two of their series tomorrow. First pitch is scheduled for 8:40 CT.