The Milwaukee Brewers are dealing with plenty of injuries this season. And last night, Chase Anderson couldn’t start due to illness. Therefore, Brent Suter would take the mound in an eventual loss. But Sunday afternoon, Anderson wasn’t going to start either. Enter Freddy Peralta, who would make his debut after getting called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs.
And what a debut it would be. But first, let’s tackle Peralta’s Triple-A stats. For starters, Colorado Springs isn’t easy to pitch in. Imagine Coors Field on steroids, and that’s pretty much what we’re dealing with here. In seven Triple-A starts this season, Peralta has a 5-1 record to go along with an impressive 3.63 ERA over 34.2 innings of work. An while his strikeout rate is great (11.9 K/9), his walk rate is less so (4.4 BB/9).
But Sunday afternoon, this didn’t matter. Not only would Peralta strike out 13 Rockies at Coors Field, he would also flirt with a no-hitter. A one-out single off the bat of David Dahl in the bottom of the sixth would end those hopes, as Peralta would get one more out before being lifted for Matt Albers. His final line: 1 H, 0 ER, 13 K and 2 BB. That’s stellar. And it’s also fairly historic. His 13-strikeout performance is the new Brewers’ record for a debut. He’s also the eighth pitcher in MLB history to record 12 strikeouts, and just the fifth to tally 13 or more.
Something tells us he’s going to get another start.