Unfortunately, the offense hasn’t done much in support of the 26-year-old, who takes the mound as the Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series with the visiting Milwaukee Brewers.
Perez leads all Dodgers starters with a 3.11 ERA, but is just 2-3 in 10 starts this season. Los Angeles has averaged just 3.2 runs in his starts, including a total of one in his last three. He has compiled a 2.05 in his last three outings.
“The most important thing is to go out there and do my job,” Perez, who hasn’t won since April 28 against the New York Mets, a span of five starts. “Sometimes you get run support, sometimes you don’t get run support.”
Perez gave up a run and four hits while walking one and striking out five over seven innings Wednesday, but didn’t get the decision in the Dodgers’ 2-1, 12-inning loss at Milwaukee.
“He was terrific,” Tracy said of Perez. “You can’t ask him to do anything more. That’s the way he’s pitched all year long.”
The Dodgers took two out of three from visiting Arizona, capped by their 3-0 victory Sunday. It was their second straight shutout. They had a 10-0 win Saturday.
Kazuhisa Ishii, who leads Los Angeles with six victories this season, pitched six scoreless innings and Eric Gagne picked up his 12th save of the season, extending his major league-record saves streak to 75. It was only his second save opportunity in the last 19 games for the reigning NL Cy Young award winner.
The Brewers dropped two of three to San Diego over the weekend with Sunday’s 5-2 defeat.
Milwaukee failed to score more than three runs for the eighth time in nine games. The Brewers beat San Diego 4-3 on Saturday, getting just four hits.
“We had opportunities. We got a bunch of hits but didn’t drive in the runs,” Brewers manager Ned Yost Yost said of the Brewers, who left 12 runners on base.
Milwaukee has split its last 10 games.