Brewers' Peralta returns from IL to face Rockies
The Milwaukee Brewers were forced to get a bit creative with their pitching staff after a pregame injury to their starter prior to Wednesday's contest.
The Brewers hope to travel a more traditional route on Thursday when they welcome back right-hander Freddy Peralta from the injured list for the finale of their four-game series against the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Peralta (1-0, 7.13 ERA) has been sidelined since April 16 due to a shoulder ailment. He owns a 2-0 mark with a 1.54 ERA in two starts against Colorado, both last season. Peralta turned in a memorable 13-strikeout performance over 5 2/3 scoreless innings on May 13, 2018, in his major league debut at Coors Field.
The Brewers hope Peralta is up for the challenge on Thursday, one day after Milwaukee scratched right-hander Chase Anderson from his scheduled start because of a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand. Milwaukee used six pitchers in what became a bullpen game.
Colorado's Nolan Arenado belted a three-run homer in the first inning to set the tone before capping the Rockies' season-high scoring output and his 16th career multi-homer performance with a solo blast in the ninth.
"Nolan gave us a big swing early after a couple of walks, and then we sort of quieted before we picked it back up again," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "To a man, there were some really quality at-bats."
Arenado has five homers in his past nine games overall, although he is 0-for-4 with two strikeouts in a small sample size versus Peralta.
Trevor Story has one hit -- a homer -- in four at-bats against Peralta. Story's lone hit in the current series was a three-run homer on Wednesday.
Milwaukee took the first two games of the series before Colorado bounced back Wednesday. The Rockies are 3-3 on a trip that started with a three-game series at Atlanta last weekend.
"To split the road trip would not be bad, and that's something we always want to do (at minimum)," Arenado said. "Jon Gray is on the bump, and we have a lot of confidence in him to keep us rolling."
Gray (2-3, 3.65 ERA) was fortunate to walk away with a no-decision on Saturday against the Braves. He surrendered two homers and a season-high-tying five runs in 4 2/3 innings.
Gray owns an 0-1 mark with a 5.40 ERA in four career starts against Milwaukee, although the 27-year-old has flustered Ryan Braun (2-for-10, six strikeouts) and Yasmani Grandal (3-for-18, six strikeouts).
Mike Moustakas, who is 0-for-5 versus Gray, hit safely for the eighth time in nine outings with a two-run homer in the first inning Wednesday.
Milwaukee's Ben Gamel is 7-for-14 with a homer, three RBIs and five runs during his five-game hitting streak. His production is helping offset the absence of reigning National League Most Valuable Player Christian Yelich, who is nursing a back injury.
"Ben's playing really well on both sides of the ball," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's played excellent defense and made some really, really good plays and some really good throws. Lots of range in the outfield. Doing exactly what we'd hoped is what I'd say -- play all three outfield positions, complement two right-handed hitting outfielders, left-handed bat off the bench.
"Really helping in a lot of places, and that's a good sign."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 2, 2019