Wily Peralta bested by Angels' Jered Weaver

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Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Saturday, August 31, 2013

MILWAUKEE—Wily Peralta just can't catch a break.

The big right-hander pitched six solid innings Friday night, only to run into a starter in Jered Weaver who was even better in helping the Los Angeles Angels shut out the Milwaukee Brewers, 5-0, at Miller Park.

It was Peralta's 11th start since May 12 in which he received zero runs of support, giving him the major-league lead in a rather dubious category.

Matching up against the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Matt Cain, Felix Hernandez and now Weaver as Peralta has over that span certainly doesn't help matters.

“It's tough because you have to keep the game on the line,” Peralta said. “On those kinds of days, I just try to put zeros on the board. I just gave up a homer early on. I left a couple of men on and they scored those. When you face pitchers like Weaver, that's tough.”

Peralta allowed only four hits but saw his outing submarined after allowing the first two runners on in the sixth. Rookie Rob Wooten relieved him and eventually surrendered a bases-loaded double to No. 8 hitter Grant Green that broke the game open.

Peralta, who had surrendered that aforementioned solo home run to Kole Calhoun before that inning, was tagged with three earned runs in falling to 8-14.

He walked two and struck out six in a 90-pitch outing. Peralta has won just once in his last eight starts, dating to July 14 in Arizona.

“When you don't have the big boys in there that you need to have, you're going to be inconsistent,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “And we have been.

“Lately we've done a nice job with it. You still have to keep us in the game, and Wily did that tonight. We didn't do much off Weaver. We had some chances off him, but we didn't get that big hit when we needed it.”

As Roenicke alluded to, Weaver twice extricated himself from potential jams to keep the Brewers off the board.

The biggest opportunity came in the fourth, when Aramis Ramirez singled, Weaver hit Carlos Gomez with a pitch and Scooter Gennett singled to load the bases with one out and Milwaukee trailing, 1-0.

Martin Maldonado followed by working the count to 3-0 before swinging away and popping out to first baseman Mark Trumbo. Peralta then flied out to center to end the inning and the rally.

“It's probably going to be the only time we get a chance to drive the ball,” said Roenicke of Maldonado's at-bat. “Peralta's on deck. I think anytime you've got an eighth hitter who's got the pitcher behind him and he's got a chance to drive the ball and do some damage, you need to let them.

“He got a pitch right down the middle; he just missed it.”

The Brewers also got a pair of runners on with one out in the sixth after a walk and a Weaver error, but Gennett popped out and Maldonado struck out.

Weaver's night was done after that. He scattered three hits and three walks while striking out three over those six innings in improving to 9-7.

“He was on. I've seen him a lot better. But he was on,” Roenicke said. “He's one of the best competitors I've seen out on the mound.”

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