It was a very bad Sunday for the Milwaukee Brewers.
Starting pitcher Freddy Peralta was called out of the game in the fourth inning with an injury, and the Washington Nationals chased him from there as the Brewers suffered an 8-2 loss in front of a near-wicket crowd. closed to American Family Field.
Milwaukee trailed 3-0 when Peralta was met on the mound by manager Craig Counsell and head athletic trainer Scott Barringer.
The right-hander had just given up three straight hits and was seen on TV grabbing the back of his right shoulder. He exited shortly after, having thrown 59 pitches.
He will therefore be placed on the injured list.
“He had some tightness in the back of the shoulder,” Counsell said. “We’re going for an MRI tomorrow. We’ll keep him here in Milwaukee and we should know tomorrow.”
Brent Suter replaced Peralta and he was greeted with a pair of bunts.
Three more singles gave Washington eight straight hits and an 8-0 lead before Suter finally recorded the first out — and that one was the result of a poor base run by Nelson Cruz.
The six runs allowed in the inning was a season high for the Brewers. The pitching team also allowed a season-high 14 hits in the loss.
Peralta’s last line was unseemly: three innings pitched, six hits, five runs (all earned) and one walk with two strikeouts.
The score of the box: Nationals 8, Brewers 2
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He entered the day having made three straight solid starts, including a two-hit shutout, zero goals and 10 strikeouts over seven innings in his last outing against the Atlanta Braves.
“I felt it a little earlier, but this set got worse,” said Peralta, who fell to 3-2. “That’s why I made the decision to let them know and why I got out of the game.”
Tyrone Taylor put Milwaukee on the scoreboard with a solo home run in the fifth, and Andrew McCutchen threw another run on picking a defenseman.
But the wind had clearly been cut from the Brewers’ collective sails and they were no longer a threat.
Milwaukee (26-15) ended its homestand with a 4-2 record and begins an 11-game three-city road trip Monday night in San Diego.
The defense was the difference early on, with the Brewers doing Peralta no favors while the Nationals got their starter, Aaron Sanchez, back.
Mike Brosseau, making his first start at shortstop, erred to throw three batters in the game and nearly committed another batter later, but Peralta still managed to score a first scoreless.
Peralta recorded the first two outs in the second to see Maikel Franco hit a ground single. The play should have easily knocked Peralta out of the inning, but Brosseau’s indecision with Kolten Wong’s lag led to neither player stopping the ball.
Then Lane Thomas sent a sharp liner to the right which Hunter Renfroe misinterpreted. The ball sailed cleanly over his head and towards the wall, leaving Thomas with an RBI brace.
A Rowdy Tellez bobble cost a potential double play and led to a two-out RBI single by Cruz in the second inning.
Sanchez, meanwhile, recorded nine grounded outs in his first four innings, including late-inning double-play hits in the second-and-third, then a third to erase a McCutchen first single in the fourth. .
“We didn’t play a good baseball game,” Counsell summed up. “We gave them extra outs the first three innings. The big inning, they just put the ball in play a ton. They had a few good bunts. I don’t think it was necessarily defensive. I thought those bunts were two very I’m not sure there was any defensive play on those particular plays.
“And then they found holes.”
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