Peralta contributes with arm, bat in win

With Garza set to return soon, righty pitches 5 solid innings, hits 1st career homer

Peralta contributes with arm, bat in win

MILWAUKEE -- Unlike Wily Peralta's no-doubter home run on Saturday -- the first of his Major League career -- he doesn't know if he will be staying in Miller Park much longer.

Peralta crushed a Logan Verrett fastball 429 feet to left-center for a two-run homer as the Brewers beat the Mets, 7-4. And, more importantly, he showed improved command over five solid innings on the mound in notching the win. But with the return of Matt Garza from the disabled list next week, was it enough for Peralta to keep his spot in the rotation?
 

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"We have some time, so we're going to assess it over the next couple of days and figure out what's best moving forward," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. "We're going to take a little while to talk about it."

It has been a trying season for Peralta, Milwaukee's Opening Day starter. A season that began with allowing five runs (four earned) in four innings against the Giants has had its ups, but more so its downs. Peralta's ERA dropped to 6.68 on the season after Saturday's performance, but that number still ranks last among all Major League starters with at least 60 innings pitched.

Peralta, who has struggled with command of his breaking pitches and putting hitters away with two strikes, saw his most recent outing as a positive.

"I think I threw it pretty good," he said. "This is one of the best games that I felt on the mound, locating down in the zone, even though I gave up two homers. But overall, I feel pretty good. I was consistent and down in the zone, and turned my slider better today."

That sentiment was shared by his manager, which is a positive sign for Peralta.

"There were some good spots," Counsell said. "There were a couple of hard-hit balls that we caught, but in the end, he did his job, got through five innings and left with the lead."

Despite his struggles, the Brewers have continued to trust in Peralta and his ability -- which was on full display in 2014, when he won 17 games and had a 3.53 ERA. A decision looms as Garza made his final rehab start on Thursday with Class A Wisconsin. Counsell has said the team is open to discussing a six-man rotation, but he asserts that no decision has been made.

Jimmy Nelson and Junior Guerra have consistently produced for the Brewers at the top of the rotation this season; Zach Davies recorded 34 outs between hits over his past two starts and has a 2.91 ERA since the beginning of May; and Chase Anderson has a 2.03 ERA over his past five starts. Although possible, it would seem unlikely that any of those three starters would be removed from the rotation.

"Whatever happens, happens," Peralta said. "I'm just going to try to do my job."

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.