Fastball Freddy Peralta got the start this evening against the American League West leading Houston Astros. Coming off a very strong start against Miami, there was likely optimism that he would replicate a similar performance against Houston. He did not.
Over 4+ innings, the Astros hitters had their way with the young pitcher. It started to go awry in the second inning. Tony Kemp started things off with a single. Later in the inning, Tyler White worked the count to 3-2. As Peralta is apt to do when he falls behind, he threw White a fastball. Being all too predictable in such situations, White was ready, and he deposited the pitch over the right field wall.
The Astros would add on in the third inning. Michael Brantley laced a double into the right field corner. Yuli Gurriel followed with a home run to left field. Peralta would get through the fourth inning unscathed, but there was the fifth.
Peralta came out for the fifth inning, but was unable to get either one of the hitters he faced out. Alex Bregman began the inning with a single, and Michael Brantley tripled to score Bregman and send Peralta to the showers. Matt Albers replaced him and did not fare any better. Gurriel singled to center to score Brantley. He would keep the pressure on by stealing second, and Yordan Alvarez would hit a two run homer to cap off the inning.
At the end of five innings, the Astros had scored eight runs. Freddy Peralta end his night with four innings pitched, giving up eight hits and six runs. He gave up two home runs while striking out seven. We didn’t get good Freddy tonight unfortunately.
The Brewers were scoring right with the Astros all evening. In fact, Milwaukee scored first. In the top of the first, Christian Yelich doubled and he would later score on a Yasmani Grandal single. The Brewers loaded the bases in that inning, but were unable to capitalize.
In the top of the third inning, Yelich tied the game with a solo shot for his MLB leading 25th home run. In the top of the fourth, Orlando Arcia started things off with a single. Ben Gamel doubled into left center past a diving Jake Marisnick. Arcia stopped at third. Yelich drove Arcia in with a single to right, but with runners on first and third, the Brewers were unable to capitalize once again. Yet going into the fifth inning, the score was just 4-3.
Obviosly the Astros blew the game open in the fifth, but they would add runs nine and ten in the seventh. Robinson Chirinos teed off on a Jacob Barnes pitch to make the score 10-3.
The Brewers would make things interesting. Travis Shaw continues his way back to being a good major league hitter, and he showed well tonight. In the bottom of the seventh, he launched a solo shot into the second deck for a fourth run.
The Brewers scored a fifth run in the top of the eighth. Mike Moustakas singled to left. Grandal doubled to right. Eric Thames worked a walked to load the bases. Travis Shaw would also walk to score Moustakas. Unfortunately, the Brewers would leave the bases loaded again.
Going into the ninth, the Aston had a commanding 10-5 lead. With two outs in the ninth, Lorenzo Cain doubled into the right field corner. Moustakas walked, and Yasmani Grandal launched a three run homer to get to within two. Unfortunately Eric Thames struck out to end the game.
The story of this game was that Freddy Peralta was unable to replicate his previous strong outing, giving up six runs. A very good Astros’ team took advantage of the young pitcher, and kept the pressure on the Brewers’ bullpen. The Brewers’ bats did show up. They just didn’t show up enough, leaving runners in scoring position at an alarming rate.
The Brewers will take on the Astros again tomorrow evening. First pitch will be at 7:10 CT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN as well as Fox Sports Wisconsin. WTMJ will broadcast the game on the radio. Brandon Woodruff will face off with future Hall of Famer, Justin Verlander.