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Freddy Peralta falters, Brewers drop finale to Nationals, 7-3

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Two home runs allowed end up being the difference as the Milwaukee offense struggles to hit Tanner Roark

MLB: Washington Nationals at Milwaukee Brewers Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

In each of the first two games of this series, the Brewers had to come back from an early deficit to win the game. They weren’t able to do it a third time in a row, losing to the Nationals 7-3 on Wednesday afternoon.

Freddy Peralta once again struggled in the first inning. He led off the game with a walk to Adam Eaton before getting Anthony Rendon to fly out and striking out Bryce Harper, but the trouble came with two outs. He hit Matt Adams with a pitch and then walked Juan Soto to load the bases. Daniel Murphy made him pay, singling to center to drive in two runs. Another run would score on a wild pitch before Peralta got out of the inning.

He did settle down a bit from there, at one point retiring 10 straight hitters before again running into trouble in the 5th inning. That’s when he walked two more batters before hanging a curveball to Harper, who crushed the mistake for his 25th home run of the season, giving the Nationals a 6-0 lead. 19-year-old sensation Juan Soto added another home run to lead off the 6th inning to pad the Nats’ lead to 7.

Offensively, the Brewers struggled to get much going against Tanner Roark. After striking out 5 times with just 1 hit the first time through the order, it looked like the Brewers might have something cooking in the bottom of the fourth. Christian Yelich and Travis Shaw both singled, putting runners on first and third with two outs for Tyler Saladino, who struck out looking on a questionable but likely too close to take strike call to end the inning. At this point it’s probably worth mentioning that Saladino has been bad since coming off the disabled list on July 5th. He went 1-for-4 today with two strikeouts and came into the game with a .246/.323/.316 line for a .639 OPS since his return.

Roark ended up throwing 8 shutout innings, allowing just 3 hits and 1 walk while striking out 11 Brewers.

Once Roark left the game, Erik Kratz hit a leadoff double off of Sammy Solis and Yelich followed with a single to right field. Hammerin’ Hernan Perez helped the Brewers avoid the shutout by golfing a changeup out to left field for a 3-run home run. After Saladino’s second strikeout, Brad Miller was able to get on base with a dribbler over the pitcher’s mound, forcing a save situation and causing Dave Martinez to call on Kelvin Herrera for the save. He was able to jam Manny Pina on an inside pitch for a soft lineout to third to end the game.

If there’s anything positive about this game, it’s that Jorge Lopez was able to throw 3 perfect innings to end the game and save the bullpen for the long West cost road trip.

The Brewers still walk away with the series winning 2 of 3 and will hope to build some momentum away from home -- like they did early in the year -- when they start a four-game set in San Francisco tomorrow night. The Giants are currently 52-50 and are trailing Seattle as of this writing.

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