After a few years of waiting for a savior in their rotation, the Milwaukee Brewers may have (finally) discovered their “stopper” in the form of Wily Peralta.
Peralta turned in his second consecutive outstanding start, pitching 7 innings of 1-run ball while allowing only 7 hits and striking out 8 batters along the way. This performance followed a 3-hit shutout in his last start (against the Reds on July 9th), and Peralta’s brilliance gave the Brewers’ bats some cushion that they were able to take advantage of on Sunday afternoon’s 5-1 victory.
Speaking of Milwaukee’s offense, they were keyed by a 3-run 1st inning. The first four hitters of the game reached base against Arizona starter Ian Kennedy, and by the time Martin Maldonado contributed an RBI groundout to make it 3-0, Peralta had plenty to work with.
It has been a long time coming in the maturation process for Wily Peralta, but there are real signs of arrival for the former elite prospect. He has now allowed 1 run or less in 4 out of 5 starts (including 3 straight), and with the high-end stuff to become a dominant starter, all he needs is that maturity and command.
Unfortunately for Milwaukee, it was not so coincidental that the team lost all 4 games between Peralta’s last two starts. It has been a lost campaign for the 38-56 Brewers, and things aren’t exactly looking up with regard to their superstar in Ryan Braun. However, Peralta could be making the leap before our eyes, and Brewers fans can take solace in that.