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Brewers 6, Indians 11: Lucroy's big night wasted

Wily Peralta did not look good tonight with a noticeable drop in velocity.

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Win: Tomlin (2-1)
Loss: Peralta (4-8)

HR: Lucroy 2 (7), Santana (4), Braun (23), Brantley 2 (11)


Is it getting around the time for the Brewers to just start thinking about shutting down Wily Peralta for the rest of the year? He's looked hittable for most of the year and has struggled through his worst season in the majors. An oblique injury that cost him time didn't help, to be sure, but even still it's been a step backwards in 2015 when everyone was hoping for a strong step or two forward.

And on Tuesday night, Peralta was bad. He made it just 2.2 innings while allowing six hits and two walks, leading to four runs scored.

Worse, Peralta had a very troubling dip in velocity. Normally in the mid-90s on his fastball, Peralta slowed to 89-91 MPH by the time he left the game. The Brewers TV booth noticed, Twitter noticed, the Game Thread noticed....Craig Counsell went out to check on him, and left him in for a while longer.

So Peralta has been not good in 2015, and has this troubling dip in velocity. If there's even a minor injury there, the Brewers should shut him down in my opinion. It's one game, yeah, but in a season like this there's nothing to gain if there's any sort of elevated risk that he could hurt himself more seriously. He's still supposed to be a key part of the Brewers rotation moving forward, after all.

Kyle Lohse was also bad, but what else is new. 2.1 innings, five earned runs for Lohse. Will Smith also gave up a couple runs in an inning of work.

The Brewers offense had a decent game, led by Jonathan Lucroy. Lucroy was 3-4 with two homers, three runs scored and three RBI in his best game of the year so far. It's nice to see from a recently-hot Lucroy after he had his own struggles for much of the year. Ryan Braun was 2-4 with a homer as he and Lucroy combined for five of the team's seven hits.

Domingo Santana had one of the other two hits, a big fly ball that cleared the right field wall for an opposite-field home run. It was a nice easy swing from Santana, who makes it look effortless to hit homers when he makes contact. He was 1-4 overall, with a strikeout.

The Brewers and Indians go again tomorrow with first pitch at 6:10 CT.