The story coming into tonight’s game revolved around how long Adrian Houser would go until he was replaced by Freddy Peralta. Would he be an “opener,” or would he be the front part of a tandem? Houser would pitch two innings, so he was an opener. I think.
Houser would pitch two scoreless innings for the Brewers before giving way to Peralta. Houser gave up two hits, walked one, and struck up four. He pitched very well.
Freddy Peralta pitched even better. He covered five innings giving up three hits, two walks, striking out five, and giving the Nationals nothing. He threw a number of curve balls that were effective along with his devastating fastball. Tonight’s version of Freddy Peralta makes one dream on a very high ceiling.
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His counterpart, Stephen Strasburg had Brewers’ hitters off balance and swinging through has vast arsenal of pitches. He was great, striking out eleven Brewers. He would tire and lose effectiveness in the seventh.
As I alluded to, the offenses were were stymied all evening long by the great pitching on both sides. The Brewers were able to finally break through in the bottom of the seventh in a big way. Jesus Aguilar initiated things by getting hit by a Strasbourg pitch that also took a chunk out of the ear of Kurt Suzuki. Travis Shaw followed with a bloop single to left, and Orlando Arica placed one of his patented opposite field singles between the second and first basemen to load the bases. Strasburg would strike out pinch hitter, Eric Thames, but Lorenzo Cain cleared the bases with a double down the right field line. That would send Strasburg to the showers.
Dan Jennings replaced Strasburg. He would start by intentionally walking Christian Yelich. Mike Moustakas followed with a single that scored Cain. Yasmani Grandal drew a walk as did Ben Gamel. The Gamel walk scored Yelich. Jesus Aguilar would single to left to continue the seventh inning wave and make the score 6-0.
Burch Smith replaced Peralta in the eighth. He sat down the Nationals 1-2-3. He would finish the game in the ninth, setting down the side one more time and looking like another quality arm the Brewers can utilize.
The Brewers will finish out their series with the Nationals as well as their home stand in Milwaukee tomorrow afternoon. Brandon Woodruff will face off with Jeremy Hellickson. First pitch will be at 12:10 CT. The game can be heard on WTMJ and watched on Fox Sports Wisconsin.