Wily Peralta is the reason why the Milwaukee Brewers (63-52) will enter Friday in sole possession of first place in the NL-Central and with momentum heading into a tough three-game series with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Peralta kept the San Francisco Giants (62-53) in check earning his Major League leading 14th win of the season in the Brewers 3-1 win Thursday.
Peralta picked up his fifth consecutive win and set career highs for strikeouts and total pitches after going the first 6 2/3 innings . "I still feel strong back there, Peralta said, " I still felt strong in that inning." The final pitches thrown by Peralta were 98 and 97 mph on the radar gun. Total, Peralta threw 115 pitches.
With another quality start, Milwaukee's starters have recorded 13 quality starts in the team's last 16 games.
The Brewers bullpen was much better in the finale. Jeremy Jeffress and Will Smith each picked up holds before Francisco Rodriguez picked up his 34th save.
Brewers offense got to Giants starter Jake Peavy right away in the first inning with three straight hits to start the game. Ryan Braun doubled home the game’s first run scoring Jonathan Lucroy making the score 1-0.
The Giants lone run scored in the fifth inning tying the game at 1-1, but the Brewers quickly responded with two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning take the lead for good. Khris Davis capped off the inning with a ground-rule double scoring Aramis Ramirez. Then a few batters later Mark Reynolds hit a sacrifice fly scoring Davis.
Peavy recorded his twelfth consecutive loss going 5 2/3 innings allowing three runs and scattering all nine Brewers hits.
Ramirez and Lucroy each had two hits to lead the Brewers.
After taking two of three from the Giants, the Dodgers come into Miller Park for a three game series. Kyle Lohse gets the start in game one. Mike Fiers, who was called up from Triple-A Nashville, will get the spot start in place of the Injured Matt Garza in game two. Then in the finale Jimmy Nelson will start. The Dodgers will counter with Roberto Hernandez, former Brewer Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw. Greinke and Kershaw are the Dodgers co-aces.