Peralta, Brewers cough up early lead against Phillies
MILWAUKEE—After winning all five of his starts in June, Wily Peralta is off to a rough start in July. So are the Milwaukee Brewers.
Peralta (9-6) labored through 4 1-3 innings, giving up eight hits and nine runs while throwing 97 pitches as the Milwaukee Brewers dropped a 9-7 decision to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday night.
“I gave up a run early. Then the team came right back and gave me a four-run lead,” said Peralta, who walked three and struck out four in his shortest start of the season. “It’s frustrating, especially the way we are playing lately. They gave me the lead early, and I didn’t do my job.”
The Brewers remain in first place in the NL Central despite losing three straight games and seven of eight.
“We are not playing that great right now, but we’re a good team,” Peralta said. “These are things that happen to every team. We’re going to bounce back.”
Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said his team needs Peralta if it’s going to make a push for the playoffs.
“He isn’t on his game. We need to get him back on his game and get him confident,” Roenicke said. “He’s a big part of that rotation. With the stuff he has, he can get on a roll and win a lot of games in a row.”
Domonic Brown homered and had a two-run single and the Phillies rallied from a big early deficit to outlast the Brewers.
The Phillies scored five in the second off Peralta. Ben Revere drove in two runs with a ground-rule double and Chase Utley had a two-run single as Philadelphia sent 10 men to the plate. Koyie Hill contributed a run-scoring single.
“Having multiple hits in an inning becomes contagious. Everybody was feeding off everybody else,” Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said.
Roenicke thought Peralta could have limited the damage in the inning.
“There were three infield hits, which is pretty unlucky,” he said. “But he walked three guys, which really isn’t good.”
Kyle Kendrick (4-8) picked up the victory for Philadelphia despite giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs over 5 2-3 innings. He walked two and struck out two.
“It wasn’t my best outing, that’s for sure, but the guys swung the bats and picked me up and then the bullpen came into a tough situation and did well,” Kendrick said.
Kendrick settled down after his first-inning struggles and kept the Brewers’ struggling offense in check over the next four innings. He ran into trouble in the sixth, giving up a two-run, pinch-hit home run to Mark Reynolds that sliced the Phillies’ lead to 9-7.
Four Phillies relievers combined to hold the Brewers scoreless over the final 3 1-3 innings. Jonathan Papelbon pitched a scoreless ninth inning to record his 21st save in 23 attempts.
The Phillies grabbed the lead in the first on Utley’s sacrifice fly before the Brewers scored five runs in their half of the inning on Scooter Gennett’s solo homer and Lyle Overbay’s grand slam.
Brown’s solo shot in the third extended the Phillies’ lead to 7-5. He added a two-run single in the fifth as the Phillies’ lead grew to four runs.
Roenicke said his team remains confident despite the rough stretch.
“It’s a rut we’re in. I still feel they are confident,” he said. “I thought the energy was good going into the game and it was maintained throughout. That’s always something you worry about.”