Going into Sunday’s contest, all the Brewers needed to do was win and they could secure the NL Central title. With Freddy Peralta on the mound, it seemed like a guaranteed win for the crew and champagne showers.
However, the Brewers will have to wait to celebrate back at home as they fall to the Miami Marlins 6-1 on Sunday.
An Off Day for Freddy Peralta
From the opening pitch, Freddy Peralta just didn’t seem like himself. The Brewers starter allowed three consecutive singles to open up the game, but as able to get out of the jam with a strikeout and double-play. But things didn’t seem to get better for Peralta as the game trailed on.
Peralta would give up a home run to Jon Berti in the second inning, and then another one to Josh Bell in the third. Bell’s home run was followed by a single, double, and then an 2 RBI double by Bryan De La Cruz to get the Marlins a 4-0 lead. At that point, I’m sure Brewers fans were clicking off the television.
Peralta was able to finish up the third inning, but Julio Teheran would come in relief. Freddy Peralta finished his day with a season low 70 pitches, nine hits, four earned runs, but struck out four in his 30th start, a career-high. He was apparently feeling under the weather prior to today’s contest, but doesn’t use that as an excuse for how he performed today.
Freddy Peralta wasn’t 100 percent after battling an illness, but didn’t use that as an excuse afterwards for his performance: pic.twitter.com/dT0w5hd5QU
— Todd Rosiak (@Todd_Rosiak) September 24, 2023
Milwaukee Brewers Unable to Bounce Back
As they’re chasing the NL Central pennant, which is practically in their hands, the Brewers were unable to make a comeback in Sunday’s game and only scored one run. Tyrone Taylor would hit an RBI single to bring home Brice Turang, and that was the only run they were able to score.
It’s not surprising that the Marlins were looking to come out on top, seeing as they were blown out of the water in a 16-1 defeat on Friday. They knocked 17 hits on Sunday, none of which came from future NL batting champion Luis Arraez, who was unfortunately (or fortunately) out of the lineup due to an injured ankle.
They’re also fighting for a postseason spot, and though they won, the Chicago Cubs won today as well, and the Cubs have a one-game lead over the Marlins for that third wild card spot. It would be nice to not have to play the Cubs in the Wild Card Series. Once the Brewers finally clinch the Central title, they will host either the Miami Marlins or the Chicago Cubs in the Wild-Card series at American Family Field starting October 3.
The Brewers faced a tough loss against the Marlins, with a 6-1 scoreline, struggling to make a comeback. Dive deeper into the game’s highlights and analysis in our Milwaukee Brewers News section. Stay updated with all things Brewers!
Up Next for the Brewers:
The Brewers will have an off day on Monday, so clinching the NL Central title will have to wait until Tuesday when they begin their final homestand of the season against the St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals will come into town for a three-game series against the crew; They’re already out of postseason contention, so the Cards are just playing baseball to play baseball at this point.
The Brewers will likely have a pitching combination of Houser, Miley and Burnes starting against the Cardinals. You can catch the action on Tuesday with first pitch scheduled for 6:40PM CST.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, Freddy Peralta is a good pitcher. He has an impressive 3.71 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and a 206:54 K ratio in 29 starts this season. With his next road matchup against the Marlins, he has an opportunity to showcase his skills once again.
Freddy Peralta's current salary is $ 3,500,000, with a total salary of $ 3,734,960. He signed a 5-year, $ 15,500,000 contract with the Milwaukee Brewers,which included a $ 1,174,800 signing bonus and $15,500,000 guaranteed money.
Yes, Freddy Peralta is still on the Brewers. He signed a five-year contract with Milwaukee on 2/28 which runs through the 2024 season, with club options for 2025 and 2026. He had a solid performance in 2020, going 3-1 with a 3.99 ERA and holding opponents to a .204 batting average in just 29.1 innings.