WP: Doug Fister (1-0)
LP: Wily Peralta (0-2)
SV: Luke Gregerson (2)
HR: Colby Rasmus (1,2), Tyler White (3), Scooter Gennett (3), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (1)
It's only two games, so we shouldn't overreact to Wily Peralta's start just yet. However, his start to the season has not been good.
Making his second start of the season, Wily Peralts had his second straight disaster start, allowing six runs in 4.1 innings pitched and 87 pitches. The Brewers tried to rally with home runs from Scooter Gennett and Kirk Nieuwenhuis, and had the winning run at the plate in the ninth inning, but couldn't finish the comeback and lost 6-4.
The night started out bad for Peralta. Wily Peralta loaded the bases after the first three hitters reached with two singles and a walk. The Astros would then score with two sacrifice flies to go up 2-0. They added a run in the third with a solo home run from Colby Rasmus, but the Brewers responded in the bottom of the inning. Jonathan Villar scored on a Scooter Gennett single after Domingo Santana got caught in a rundown, and the Brewers were behind 3-1.
The big damage came in the fifth inning, when Colby Rasmus and Tyler White went back-to-back with their home runs, increasing the Astros lead to 6-1. That would be all for Wily Peralta, who was replaced by Blaine Boyer. Boyer kept the Astros in check with 1.2 perfect innings, and Tyler Cravy followed with just one hit allowed in 1.2 innings. Chris Capuano got two outs between the eighth and ninth innings, and Michael Blazek recorded two outs with just one pitch in the ninth.
The Brewers did get closer with an RBI groundout from Domingo Santana and Scooter Gennett in the fifth inning to make it 6-3. They would push it to 6-4 in the sixth with a home run from Kirk Nieuwenhuis. It got interesting in the ninth inning and Yadiel Rivera hit a two-out single and Jonathan Villar walked, but Domingo Santana grounded out to end the game.
Scooter Gennett continued his hot start with a 2-for-4 day, along with one run driven in on the solo home run. Jonathan Villar also had two hits in the game, and Yadiel Rivera recorded his first two hits of the season with a double in the fifth inning and a single in the ninth inning. On the other side, the ugly side of Chris Carter came out, as he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts.
The rubber match of the series is tomorrow, and it features a strong pitching matchup between Dallas Keuchel and Jimmy Nelson. First pitch is at 1:10 pm.