> The way the Brewers are playing right now, it feels almost as if now matter who takes the mound is going to give them a chance to win. Wily Peralta took that a step further today, firing a gem in the Brewers’ 3-0 win over the Mets, which sealed yet another series win.
Peralta was absolutely dominant- eight innings, two hits, no runs, one walk, and five strikeouts. That’s up there with the best pitching performances of the season for the Brewers. Peralta needed 104 pitches for the eight innings, and I was hoping he could go the distance, but he appeared to be running out of gas in the eighth.
Peralta needed only three runs, which all came on separate home run balls: Ryan Braun hit two, and Aramis Ramirez hit one.
> Corey Hart had a baserunning session this morning, but apparently it didn’t go too well, since now he’s doubtful to even return on Tuesday.
Hart was officially diagnosed with a partial tear of his left plantar fascia, a tissue that goes along the bottom of the foot.
Keep in mind Hart was supposed to be back on Friday. Hopefully this doesn’t linger on for too much longer; the Brewers will need Hart down the stretch.
> Despite his struggles since coming off the disabled list, the Brewers are going to stick with Shaun Marcum in the rotation. It’s hard to tell if Marcum is just struggling because of his long stint on the DL, or if he really can’t pitch in September.
Either way, his 5.70 ERA since coming off the DL has really been the only problem the Brewers have had pitching-wise lately. If he could get on track, the Brewers could be a very scary team.
> Braun’s two home runs today gave him two large milestones. The first one was the 200th home run of his career, and the second one gave him the first 40 homer season of his career.
> Peralta has improved with every start. In his first start, he gave up three runs in 6+ innings against the Marlins. He allowed one run in six innings against the Braves in his second. But today’s outing blew away both of those.
> The 5-6-7 hitters- Travis Ishikawa, Martin Maldonado, and Carlos Gomez- went a combined 0-for-10. We need Hart back.
> Peralta also picked up his first career hit, a double in the seventh.
> The Brewers can’t gain any ground in the Wild Card race because the teams that are tied for the lead- the Cardinals and Dodgers- are playing each other. One of them has to win, and whoever does win will be leading the WC. So, regardless of that game’s result, the Brewers will be 2.5 games back at the end of the day.
> John Axford’s save today was the 100th of his career. Where has the time gone?
> After an off-day tomorrow, the Brewers start a three-gamer in Pittsburgh. Here are the probables:
Yovani Gallardo (15-8, 3.72 ERA) vs. A.J. Burnett (15-5, 3.63 ERA)
Marco Estrada (3-6, 3.77 ERA) vs. Kyle McPherson (0-0, 1.54 ERA)
Mike Fiers (9-8, 3.23 ERA) vs. Wandy Rodriguez (11-13, 3.65 ERA)
The Pirates announced today that they removed James McDonald from the rotation, which is why McPherson is starting on Wednesday.
> I lol’d.
(That’s Ramirez during the postgame interview, if you can’t tell.)
> I also had a good laugh at this one.