The 22-year-old pitcher has been nothing short of dominant in three of his first four starts. In tonight’s game, he limited the Royals to two base runners while striking out 10. Only one Royals runner reached second against Peralta, coming on a third-inning double from Alberto Mondesi.
To emphasize how good the righty has been: in 22.2 innings pitched with Milwaukee this year, Peralta has allowed runs in two of them. In those four starts, he has a 1.59 ERA, 35 Ks, 7 hits and 9 walks.
Peralta was backed by some offensive power from a lineup that was lacking star power. Lorenzo Cain was added to the DL and Travis Shaw is still out of the lineup. With those two gone, the Crew still managed to score 5 runs off the Royals’ Jake Junis.
The scoring started with a Christian Yelich two-run bomb in the first, putting Milwaukee up 2-0. In the third, Jesus Aguilar added on with his 17th homer of the year. That bomb tied him for third overall in the National League and put him well ahead on the team leaderboard. Ryan Braun joined in the fun in the fifth with another two-run homer.
After Peralta was removed from the game, the Brewers’ relievers ran into a little bit of trouble. Mondesi drove in Kansas City’s lone run with a solo homer against Dan Jennings in the eighth. Then, Jacob Barnes struggled to finish the game in the ninth. Barnes allowed a leadoff double and walked a batter after getting two outs. With a save situation in place. Craig Counsell turned to Josh Hader, who got the final out and secured the victory.
Milwaukee is back at Miller Park against the Kansas City Royals at 1:10 p.m. tomorrow. Brent Suter (8-4, 4.15 ERA) will take on Danny Duffy (3-7, 5.18 ERA). Unfortunately, the game’s televised broadcast is only available on Facebook.