Perfect in June, Peralta pitching well for Brewers but 'not locked in'
JUN 27, 2014 1:34a ET
MILWAUKEE -- For a pitcher who has won five consecutive starts, Wily Peralta hasn't nearly been at his best. That was the case again Thursday night in the Milwaukee Brewers' 7-4 win over the Colorado Rockies, as Peralta looked good -- but not great -- in the victory.
Peralta gave up a fourth-inning grand slam that turned a 3-0 Brewers lead into a 4-3 deficit. That was his only mistake, though, as Peralta went six innings and gave up just the four runs that came from that one hit.
All of Peralta's starts in June have resulted in Milwaukee wins, and his season record improved to 9-5. But even with that success, Peralta has fallen off a bit in the eyes of manager Ron Roenicke.
"I thought the last three outings, he's pitched well, but he's not locked in," Roenicke said. "Before that, maybe six-to-seven starts ago, he had a couple games where he was locked in and really went through lineups. Now he's struggling to get through these lineups. He's still making good pitches, but he's struggling to get through them."
Peralta faced 26 batters Thursday at Miller Park, allowing eight hits and two walks. There were other positive takeaways for Peralta aside from the win, as his seven strikeouts tied for his season high.
"I've been throwing the ball well, I think," Peralta said. "I've been throwing the ball fine. It's exciting. It's always a lot of fun when the team gets the win."
Peralta didn't seem to entirely agree with Roenicke's assessment of not being locked in, but the 25-year-old acknowledged that "games like that are going to happen."
As has been the case in four of Peralta's five June wins, the Brewers gave him plenty of run support. Milwaukee's seven runs scored Thursday were actually the second-fewest this month in games that Peralta started, as the lineup had previously put up nine runs twice (June 16 at Arizona and June 21 at Colorado) and eight runs once (June 5 at Minnesota).
With the Brewers now at the exact midpoint of the season, it's not just when Peralta is on the mound that the team is picking up wins. Milwaukee has the most victories in Major League Baseball with a record of 49-32.
"It's exciting," Peralta said. "We've got a great team, a great pitching staff and we've been scoring a lot of runs. When you give up a couple runs out there and you think you're going to come back, that's pretty good."
In the National League, the San Francisco Giants (with a record of 46-33) are closest in striking distance to the Brewers. The Oakland A's are the only team with a higher winning percentage, but at 48-30, it's just ever-so-slightly better than Milwaukee's.
Peralta won't pitch again in June, so he's officially closed out the month at 5-0. And even if he continues throwing at a level that's not his absolute best work, the Brewers would certainly be happy if his starts continued to result in wins like they have been recently.
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