2013 had not been kind to young starter Wily Peralta. He entered tonight’s game with a 5-9 record and 5.27 ERA, including a 6.12 ERA at home (the worst in baseball.) However, tonight against the scuffling Cincinnati Reds, he had himself a career night, throwing his first ever complete game. For good measure, he made it a 3 hit shutout, complete with a career high 6 strikeouts and 4 walks.
Peralta’s main weapon tonight was his fastball, which he often ran up there at 97 miles per hour. The Reds’ seemed unable to get anything started all night against Peralta, despite getting a leadoff single from center fielder Shin Soo Choo. The Reds’ 3 hits came off of the bats of Zack Cozart, Derrick Robinson, and Shin Soo Choo. Joey Votto, Brandon Phillips, and Jay Bruce all went hitless on the night.
This will be a game to remember for Peralta, who has struggled throughout his first 2 years at the major league level. This will also be a game to remember for Brewers’ pitchers, who haven’t had a complete game shutout since 2011.