Peralta, Brewers edge Mets
Wily Peralta was pitching with a lot on his mind Wednesday night, which made his performance all the more impressive.
The big right-hander turned in his first quality start in his last three outings, handcuffing the New York Mets over 6 1/3 innings in leading the way to a 3-1 Milwaukee Brewers victory at Citi Field.
Peralta allowed just four hits, one run (earned) and a walk to go along with three strikeouts in a 92-pitch effort. He won his second straight outing to improve to 6-5 while also getting back on track after a personal four-game slide.
Shortly after the game, Peralta boarded a flight to head back to his native Dominican Republic to tend to a family situation. Peralta is expected to return to the Brewers on Saturday, accompany the team on its next road trip and make his next scheduled start Monday in Arizona.
“I didn't know about it; I just found out,” said catcher Jonathan Lucroy. “I don't know how he did it, but he did it. Pretty amazing, considering. He definitely did a good job. You want to enjoy the win, but knowing that, it's kind of tough.”
The Brewers blew a prime opportunity to take an early lead when, in the first, they loaded the bases on three singles only to see Mets starter Jacob deGrom escape when he struck out Aramis Ramirez and Khris Davis.
The Mets scored first for the second time in as many nights in the second. Curtis Granderson led off with a walk, went to third on a single by Bobby Abreu and scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Lucas Duda.
It was the fifth walk drawn by New York in the series that came around to score.
Milwaukee tied it in the third. Scooter Gennett hustled his way to a double on a shot to short left, tagged and went to third on a flyout to center by Ryan Braun and scored on a groundout to shortstop by Jonathan Lucroy.
The Brewers took the lead in the fourth when Ramirez led off with a double, helped by a diving attempt at a catch by Granderson in left that came up short, and Davis singled him up to third.
Ramirez had to stay put on a Mark Reynolds flyout to right that wasn't deep enough to score him but was finally pushed home on a single to left by Jean Segura.
The lead increased to 3-1 in the fifth with Braun getting things started with a walk. Lucroy doubled him over to third and Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single to the right side that scored Braun.
There were some fireworks in the bottom of the fifth, when Taylor Teagarden led off with a hot shot off Reynolds' glove at first. He recovered to throw over to a covering Peralta and get the out, and after manager Terry Collins challenged, the call was upheld despite replays appearing to show Teagarden was safe.
Collins argued with home-plate umpire Gary Cederstrom after that and was ultimately ejected.
The Brewers wasted a chance to tack onto their lead in the seventh. Braun led off with a single and Lucroy doubled to right-center—his 25th of the season—only to see Braun thrown out at home.
Lucroy wound up at third on the play, but Gomez popped out to second and Ramirez struck out.
“Certainly a couple of more runs we could have added on,” said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke. “We could have added on more than that, but I thought there was probably a couple we really should have picked up. Sometimes when you don't get that kind of great pitching, those really hurt.”
From the third through the sixth Peralta faced one over the minimum before Granderson led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to right. After getting Abreu to pop out, Roenicke made the call for Zach Duke.
“Where he was in the game, I thought he did a great job,” said Roenicke. “We have been leaving him out there for a lot of pitches.”
Duke, Rob Wooten and Will Smith pitched the seventh and eighth, respectively, before Francisco Rodriguez came on to shut the door with a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 20th save of the season and 324th of his career.