Peralta stars despite Brewers setback to Giants
PHOENIX — Wily Peralta hit his second homer of spring training and allowed one run over 6 1-3 innings but the Milwaukee Brewers lost to the San Francisco Giants 5-4 Tuesday.
Khris Davis a homered in the fifth, before Peralta and Carlos Gomez went back-to-back in the sixth. Martin Moldando connected in the eighth for the Brewers, who had eight hits.
Pablo Sandoval hit a solo shot in the eighth for the Giants.
San Francisco starter Madison Bumgarner extended his Cactus League scoreless streak to 21 1-3 straight innings and retired 13 of the first 14 batters before Davis hit a long home run to left-center in the fifth to tie the game 1-all. Peralta led off the sixth with a 400-foot-plus drive to center field and Gomez followed with his third homer of the spring to left.
"There must have been a home run derby I didn’t know about," Bumgarner said.
Bumgarner finished with a 1.19 ERA for the spring.
"You don’t ever want to give up runs but in a way it’s kind of a relief to give up some before the start of the season," he said. "It doesn’t really sound like it makes sense, but it kind of does."
Peralta ended the spring with his best outing of the season, wiggling out of a jam in the first inning and allowing six singles without a walk.
"I had three pitches going," Peralta said. "The season is right there now, so you’re not trying to mess around or work on pitches this close to the start. You want to make pitches like it’s a real game. I felt like I was able to pound the strike zone and make pitches I needed to make."
COME ON ALONG
With an off day on Monday, the Brewers made their final roster selections. Left-handed relief pitcher Zach Duke got the nod over Rob Wooten and Jeff Bianchi won a utility job in the infield over Elian Herrera.
Duke, who had a 4.00 ERA in 10 Cactus League games, struck out 10 and walked three in nine innings. Wooten, who will serve in a late-inning role at Triple-A Nashville, also pitched in 10 games with a 3.86 ERA with 13 strikeouts and one walk in 11 2-3 innings.
Manager Ron Roenicke said Duke will serve as the left-handed relief specialist.
Milwaukee has three left-handers in the bullpen. Spring surprise Wei-Chung Wang will have the long-man role, with Will Smith in a setup role.
Bianchi hit .386 this spring with three doubles and six RBIs. In about the same at-bats, Herrera hit .286 with two doubles, two triples, a homer and seven RBIs. He is headed to Nashville.
"Jeff picked up his game this spring," Roenicke said. "He told me coming into this thing that he’s going to win that job, and he won the job. I know you don’t go by just spring training, but by last year also. We liked what we saw."
Shortstop Jean Segura sat out his sixth straight game with a sore shoulder. Segura has been able to get at-bats in minor league games during his rehab but hasn’t played the field.