Sometimes things just don’t go your way and that is the way it was for Wily Peralta tonight. Though he pitched much better than he did in his loss to the San Diego Padres, he ran into a buzzsaw with the St. Louis Cardinals’ pitching staff that has now gone 36-innings without allowing a run.
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After surrendering a lead-off home run to Cardinals, Matt Carpenter, and another run in the second, Peralta settled in nicely and even retired 14 straight batters at one point. In all Peralta pitched well enough to win, going seven strong, allowing just three runs while strikeout out three.
While it was great to see him turn things around after his last start, he was the tough luck loser tonight as he Brewers’ bats were held silent all night long. Jean Segura led off the game with a single and Elian Herrera managed the only other hit on the night. While the Brewers had opportunities all night long with five walks, they failed to mount any rally all night long. Jaime Garcia went seven strong, striking out five in victory and Cardinals’ closer Trevor Rosenthal pitched a dominating ninth, striking out the side.
In tomorrow afternoon’s game, something will have to give. The Cardinals pitching staff will put their 36 scoreless inning streak and three straight shutouts on the line against Jimmy Nelson and his 20.2 innings without allowing an earned run. Nelson (9-9, 3.57) will take on John Lackey who was been excellent all year for St. Louis going 9-7 with a 2.85 ERA.