While the streaking Milwaukee Brewers will try to sweep another home series against division rival Chicago, Wily Peralta is hoping a matchup with the Cubs will help him earn his first win of the season.
After a solid performance against Chicago earlier this month, the right-hander will try to duplicate that effort while leading the Brewers to a seventh straight win Sunday afternoon.
A 5-1 victory Saturday was Milwaukee’s seventh in a row at Miller Park against the Cubs and 17th in the last 19 matchups there. The hot-hitting Jonathan Lucroy hit an early solo homer, and the Brewers (8-8) took advantage of three errors.
Milwaukee is the first team since the 1977 New York Yankees to reach the .500 mark in its 16th game after dropping eight of its first 10.
“We’re making the most of some of the things that have happened the last couple of days,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “We’re playing better ball, and we’re getting some breaks.”
Peralta (0-1, 6.19 ERA) will try to follow by earning his first win since Sept. 16. While he’s one of the Brewers’ top prospects, the right-hander’s performance in his most recent start hardly looked promising.
Peralta was charged with a career-high six runs, seven hits and three walks over four-plus innings in Milwaukee’s 10-8 win over San Francisco on Tuesday.
“When you have that kind of score and you’ve got a chance to get a win and you don’t get it, that’s frustrating,” Peralta told the team’s website. “But that’s going to happen. You forget about it and get ready for the next one.”
Peralta, who had a 2.93 ERA in his previous seven major league starts, performed a little better in his only start against Chicago on April 9. He gave up three runs over 6 2-3 innings but the Brewers fell 6-3, their only loss in four games versus the Cubs (5-11) this season.
Peralta is slated to pitch opposite Scott Feldman (0-2, 6.00), who had to skip one start due to tightness in his back. The right-hander hasn’t made it through the fifth inning in his first two outings for the Cubs.
He allowed six runs - two earned - over 4 1-3 innings in a 7-6 loss to San Francisco on April 11. Feldman, though, shined in his only start against Milwaukee on June 12, 2010, while with Texas.
He pitched six scoreless innings and struck out six in a 4-3 win at Miller Park, one of his four in 15 starts against NL opponents.
Lucroy will try to keep Feldman from earning another win while adding to his recent turnaround. After batting .167 in his first nine games, the Brewers catcher is 9 for 24 (.375) with three homers and seven RBIs during a six-game hit streak.
Lucroy singled in one of his two at-bats against Feldman while Yuniesky Betancourt is 5 for 16 (.313) with two doubles versus the right-hander.
The Cubs’ Starlin Castro who enters this game with a major league-best 12-game hit streak, went 1 for 4 against Peralta in the win earlier this month.
The Cubs have committed seven of their 15 errors against the Brewers.
“We just have to make plays when we have a chance,” starting pitcher Edwin Jackson said. “It is just a matter of going out and doing it.”
Milwaukee hasn’t won seven straight since July 26-Aug. 1, 2011, a stretch that began with a three-game home sweep over Chicago.