Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke ripped his team’s poor execution after a walk-off loss in Washington on Sunday.
On Monday, the Crew let the Cincinnati Reds make the mistakes.
Wily Peralta worked seven strong innings as he continued his dominance of the Reds and Cincinnati made two errors and several other fielding miscues that weren’t scored as actual errors as the Brewers reclaimed first place in the National League Central with a 5-2 victory at Miller Park.
Peralta (11-6) was dominant again, allowing just a run on three hits over seven innings, issuing two walks and fanning five.
Peralta is now 2-0 in two starts against Cincinnati this season, allowing just a run on six hits in 15 innings with 12 strikeouts.
The Brewers (55-45) got to Cincinnati starter Mat Latos (2-2) in the third inning, thanks in part to a terrific job by Peralta on the other end of the pitcher-batter matchup.
Jean Segura led off with a ringing triple into the right-center field gap and wound up scoring on a play where he, by all rights, should have been out. Segura hesitated going around second before turning on the jets again and the relay from Reds second baseman Ramon Santiago was going to easily beat him to third.
Until the throw hit Segura and bounced away into the visitor’s dugout, that is. Segura scored on the ball out of play to but Milwaukee up 1-0.
Peralta followed with a 10-pitch at-bat against Latos, who appeared to be struggling physically, that ended with a sharp single up the middle.
Carlos Gomez singled up the box as well before Peralta dug into his bag of offensive tricks once more.
Scooter Gennett lofted a routine fly ball into left center. Peralta tagged up and the throw from center fielder Billy Hamilton was off line, allowing Peralta to slide safely into the bag. Gomez smartly moved up to second while the play was happening at third.
Ryan Braun followed with a liner to left that Chris Heisey absolutely butchered. He came in three or four steps, realized the ball was over his head, leaped … and then chased the ball as it hit the wall to give Milwaukee a 3-0 lead.
The Brewers added two more in the fourth, thanks again to some creative defense by Heisey. Segura stroked a sharp one-out single to right and advanced to second on Peralta’s sacrifice.
Gomez hit a towering fly ball into left field that Heisey appeared to have … and then didn’t. As the Cincinnati outfielder desperately tried to locate the baseball, it nearly hit him in the head as it bounced off the warning track and over the wall for a ground-rule RBI double. Gomez then stole third and scored when Reds first baseman Donald Lutz kicked Gennett’s grounder.
Cincinnati (51-48) finally got on the board in the sixth when Hamilton took Peralta deep to right center for his sixth homer of the season.
The Reds’ other run came in the eighth when pinch-hitter Kristopher Negron lined a home run to center field off Smith, Negron’s second home run of the season.
Segura was 2-for-3 for Milwaukee, while Gomez and Braun each went 2-for-4. Cincinnati’s third through eighth hitters were a combined 0-for-21 and cleanup hitter Devin Mesoraco had the hat trick, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, although he was hit by a pitch.
The Brewers gained a half-game on the idle St. Louis Cardinals to reclaim sole possession of first place, while they still lead the Pittsburgh Pirates by 2½ games and the Reds by 3½ in the insanely tightly packed NL Central race.