On Wednesday night at Citi Field, Milwaukee Brewers right-hander Wily Peralta looked much more like the pitcher who had a 2.12 ERA in his first 10 starts than the guy who gave up 10 earned runs in 10.2 innings in his last two outings.
Peralta was terrific for 6.1 innings, allowing just a run on four hits, and the Brewers improved to 4-3 on their eight-game road trip with a 3-1 win over the New York Mets.
That he did it under mysterious—and apparently serious—conditions that required him to leave immediately after being relieved to head home to the Dominican Republic for what manager Ron Roenicke told MLB.com was “family business.”
Peralta (6-5) was pulled after just 92 pitches in the seventh in part because the Milwaukee offense hadn’t been able to break the game open. The Brewers (39-27) had left eight men on base in the first seven innings, missing out on several opportunities to throw the knockout punch.
Duke got Duda to pop up to shortstop and Roenicke trekked out to the mound to bring in Rob Wooten to face New York’s hero from Tuesday night, catcher Taylor Teagarden. Wooten got Teagarden to hit a harmless fly ball to left and the threat was quelled.
The Mets (29-36) got on the board first. Curtis Granderson walked, moved up to third on Bobby Abreu’s single (yes, that Bobby Abreu, the one who may be 78 years old) and scored on a sacrifice fly by Duda.
That was all Peralta would surrender.
The Brewers tied it in the top of the third. Scooter Gennett led off with a double to left off New York starter Jacob deGrom (0-3), moved up to third on Ryan Braun’s lineout to center and scored on a groundout by Jonathan Lucroy.
Milwaukee’s final tally came in the fifth. Braun led off the inning with a walk and Lucroy’s double to left put runners on second and third. Carlos Gomez reached on an infield single to second base that scored Braun for a 3-1 Brewer lead.
The Crew banged out 11 hits on the night, with Lucroy still swinging a sizzling stick, going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles.
Lucroy has hit safely in his last seven games, going 13-for-28 to raise his average to .341, second in the National League. The two doubles moved him into a tie for the NL lead with Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks with 25.
Gennett and Gomez each went 2-for-5.
Lucroy was impressed with his starting pitcher Tuesday.
“It’s pretty tough,” Lucroy said. “I don’t know how he did it, but he did it. It’s pretty amazing, considering. He definitely did a good job. It’s kind of tough because you want to enjoy the win, but knowing [why Peralta had to leave], it’s tough to enjoy it.
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