Peralta Stellar as Brewers Even Series
By Bill Berg
Jun 11, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Wily Peralta (38) pitches during the first inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Wily Peralta (5-5, 2.90 ERA) had one of his best starts of the season on Tuesday night in New York as the Brewers took on the Mets.
Milwaukee scored a run in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings against Mets starter Jacob deGrom (0-2, 3.19 ERA) behind a fantastic start by Peralta to even the series at a game a piece.
Scooter Gennett led off for the Crew for the second consecutive game and singled to cap a nine-pitch at-bat against deGrom. Ryan Braun followed with deGrom’s first strike out. After first baseman Lucas Duda dropped a foul pop by Lucroy, he reached on a single to left.
Carlos Gomez followed with a single to right to load the bases for Aramis Ramirez. Ramirez went down swinging to bring up Khris Davis with the bases still loaded. Davis also struck out swinging. Despite giving up three singles and loading the bases, deGrom actually struck out the side.
Ruben Tejada fouled out to Braun to open the Mets half of the first. Daniel Murphy, who had a home run yesterday against Marco Estrada, followed with a single after a nine-pitch at-bat against Peralta. David Wright followed with a double-play ground ball to Jean Segura.
Mark Reynolds, Segura and Peralta went down in order for the Crew in the second.
Peralta walked Granderson to start the Mets’ second. Bobby Abreu followed with a hit-and-run single to move Granderson to third with nobody out. Duda followed with a sac-fly to center to drive in Granderson and leave Abreu at first.
Catcher Taylor Teagarden, who had a grand slam yesterday, followed by grounding to Segura at short. Segura tossed to Gennett to retire Abreu, and leave Teagarden at first with two down. Matt den Dekker grounded to Segura to end the frame.
Gennett led off the third inning with a double up the left-field line, with the Brewers freshly trailing. He advanced to third on a fly out to deep center by Braun.
Gennett came in to tie the game on a Lucroy ground out to short. The inning ended on a Gomez strike out.
Peralta opened the Mets’ half of the inning by striking out deGrom and Tejada. Murphy grounded out to short to end the inning.
Ramirez opened the fourth with a line drive to Granderson in left. He could have played it on a hop or gone for a dive, and instead chose a third option of not playing it at all and it snuck under his glove for a double.
Davis followed with a single to center to move Rammy to third and put two men on. After a Reynolds fly out to right that wasn’t deep enough to drive him home, Ramirez came in to score on an RBI single by Segura to give Milwaukee a 2-1 lead.
Peralta tried to advance the runners with a bunt, but Teagarden fielded it and threw Davis out at third. Gennett ended the inning with a ground out.
After a Wright fly out to open the frame, Granderson popped a double to right-center to put one on for the Mets. Abreu followed with a deep fly ball out to Gomez that advanced Granderson to third. Duda flew out to Gomez to end the threat.
deGrom opened the fifth by walking Braun ahead of a Lucroy double. Braun had to stop at third on the play to put two on for Gomez with nobody out. Gomez followed with an in-field single up the middle to drive in Braun and move Lucroy to third.
Ramirez lined sharply to Tejada, but he caught it and doubled Gomez off first, leaving Lucroy at third with two outs. Davis ended the inning with a come-backer to deGrom.
Teagarden grounded sharply to Reynolds to open the Mets half of the frame; Reynolds tossed to Peralta for the out. The Mets challenged the play, but the call was upheld upon review. After the resulting argument Mets manager Terry Collins earned an ejection.
den Dekker followed by lining out to Davis in left. Segura made a diving stop on a grounder hit by deGrom and threw him out at first to end the fifth with Milwaukee still up two.
Reyonds and Segura went down quickly in the sixth before Peralta reached on an error by Tejada at short. That was the end of the night for deGrom, and Josh Edgin came on to face Gennett who flew out to left.
Peralta put down Tejada, Murphy and Wright in order in the bottom half of the frame.
Braun singled to lead off the seventh against new Mets pitcher Carlos Torres. Lucroy followed by doubling to center; Braun tried to score from first on the play but was thrown out at the plate. Lucroy moved to third on the throw. Gomez followed with a pop out to Murphy. Ramirez struck out to end the inning.
Granderson opened the bottom of the seventh with a single to right. Abreu followed with a pop out to Gennett to end Peralta’s night as he gave way to Zach Duke. Duke induced a Duda pop out to Segura for his only batter.
Rob Wooten came on with two outs in the seventh and got Teagarden to fly out to left and hold the 3-1 lead.
Davis flew out to right to open the eighth ahead of a Reynolds walk. Segura popped out to Wright marking Torres’ final batter. Dana Eveland came on to face Lyle Overbay, pinch-hitting for Wooten. Overbay went down swinging to end the inning.
Super-reliever Will Smith came on to pitch the eighth for Milwaukee and was greeted by pinch-hitter Eric Campbell, who was replacing den Dekker. Campbell flew out to Braun right.
Andrew Brown, pinch-hitting for Eveland, singled to center. Tejada followed with a ground out to Reynolds at first, moving Brown to second. Murphy ended the inning with a fly out to center.
Vic Black came on to pitch the ninth for New York. Gennett opened the inning with a ground out to short. Braun followed with a walk. Lucroy flew out to Granderson in center. Gomez grounded out to end the frame.
Francisco Rodriguez came on to work the ninth for Milwaukee with a two-run lead. He struck out Wright before Granderson bounced out to Gennett for two quick outs. Abreu crushed a ball down the line at first, but Mark Reynolds made a diving, back-handed catch to end the game and pick up the win.
Peralta earned the win, going 6 1/3 innings, allowing just one run on four hits and one walk, he struck out three. K-Rod earned the save, allowing no runs on no hits, and a strike out.
deGrom earned the loss for New York, going 5 2/3 innings while allowing three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out four.