Peralta struck out three batters over a scoreless inning of relief in Saturday's victory over the Giants. Peralta was able to work around a couple one-out walks by eliminating any balls in play from the other three batters he faced in his frame. Peralta started eight games in the first half, but he came out of the bullpen in his last seven appearances, and figures to continue working in relief with the Brewers' rotation set coming out of the All-Star break.
Peralta replaced starter Jhoulys Chacin in the fifth inning of Monday's loss to the Pirates and threw 2.1 scoreless innings out of the bullpen. Peralta was on top of his game Monday, stranding three inherited runners by recording the final out of the fifth inning, hitting 97 on the radar gun and allowing just one runner to reach base. However, the extended outing, in which he threw 35 pitches, likely prevents him from starting for the Brewers anytime soon, as the rotation is already full and Gio Gonzalez (arm) is close to returning. That may not be the worst outcome for Peralta, though, considering he owns a 7.07 ERA over 35.2 innings in his eight starts this season, and a far better 1.84 ERA over 14.2 innings of relief. If the Brewers do want Peralta to continue working as a starter, they could decide to send him down when Gonzalez comes off the injured list.
Peralta (3-3) took the loss Tuesday as the Brewers fell 10-8 to the Astros, coughing up six runs on eight hits and a walk over four-plus innings while striking out seven. Five of the eight hits by Houston went for extra bases, including homers by Tyler White and Yuli Gurriel. Peralta now has a 5.81 ERA and 59:14 K:BB through 48 innings, and with Jhoulys Chacin (back) nearing a return, he could be headed back to the bullpen.
Peralta (3-2) allowed one run on four hits and struck out nine over six innings Thursday in a win over the Marlins. Peralta has struggled to get through the first inning of his starts so far this season, but he managed to breeze through the first Thursday and would go on to deliver a quality start. His only run allowed came in the sixth inning on a single to center field. The 23-year-old right-hander found success by pounding the strike zone (62 of 91 pitches were strikes) and by inducing seven groundouts. Peralta now owns a 5.11 ERA and 1.45 WHIP with a 52:13 K:BB over 44 innings this season, though he figures to be used as a reliever going forward.
Peralta has been confirmed as the starting pitcher for Thursday's game against the Marlins. Peralta pitched out of the bullpen in four of his last five appearances, but he will get a chance to start Thursday with fellow starters Jhoulys Chacin (back) and Gio Gonzalez (arm) on the injured list. Peralta owned an unsightly 8.31 ERA after his May 2 start, but he has been better since, posting a 2.20 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, and 18:3 K:BB in 16.1 innings over the previously mentioned five-game stretch.