Peralta dominates, Brewers beat Reds 1-0 for sweep

CINCINNATI (AP) Freddy Peralta threw the ball past the free-swinging Reds or got them to hit it into the air harmlessly. The 22-year-old right-hander had a career day and provided the Brewers with yet another close-as-it-gets win.

Peralta allowed a pair of singles over a career-high eight innings, and Manny Pina singled home a run with Milwaukee's only hit off Luis Castillo on Wednesday, leading the Brewers to a 1-0 victory and a three-game sweep.

The defending NL Central champions improved 6-1, two games better than the start last year, when they tied the club record with 96 victories. Five of the wins have been by one run, with their pitching making the most of an offense yet to hit its stride.

This time, the Brewers managed only two hits and won anyway.

''We're in a really good moment, we've just got to keep it going,'' said Jesus Aguilar, who scored the only run.

Peralta (1-0) lasted only three innings on Friday during the Brewers' loss to the Cardinals, but he dominated the Reds . Eugenio Suarez singled in the second inning, and Peralta retired his next 20 batters before Curt Casali singled in the eighth.

Peralta allowed only two runners, fanned 11 and threw 100 pitches, retiring the Reds exclusively on strikeouts or balls hit in the air - not one groundout. Alex Wilson gave up a walk and a single in the ninth while getting his first save.

''You could feel both pitchers going at it,'' Peralta said through a translator.

Pina's RBI single in the second was Milwaukee's only hit off Castillo (0-1), who walked four and struck out nine in seven innings. A weird balk set up the run.

Aguilar reached on a one-out walk. The Reds decided to have Joey Votto play off the base because Aguilar isn't a threat to steal. Castillo knew Votto was playing back, but he made a pickoff move anyway and froze, causing a balk.

''He got off to a big lead,'' Castillo said through a translator. ''I saw that and I tried to pick him off. That was my fault. I lost the game in that inning right there.''

Pina followed with his first hit of the season for the Brewers' fourth straight one-run win.

''It's unique,'' manager Craig Counsell said. ''Seven games and five one-run games. I hope that doesn't continue, but we're coming out on the right end.''

They usually do against the Reds.

Milwaukee has won 16 of 22 against the Reds in the last two seasons, including six shutouts. The Brewers' five shutouts in the series last year marked the most by a team against the Reds in a season since the Pirates' five in 1960s.

Cincinnati completed its opening homestand at 1-4, matching its start last season.

''We're not thinking about last year,'' outfielder Jesse Winker said. ''I don't want to talk about last year. We've been in some really close games. It stinks to be a part of losing.''

The Reds' starting pitching has been better, improved by three offseason trades, but their offense has struggled. The Reds are last in the NL with 11 runs and a .167 team batting average. Starting outfielders Winker, Matt Kemp and Scott Schebler fell to a combined 1 for 42 this season.

The Reds were shut out twice during the opening homestand. They were blanked only three times all season at GABP.

''I'm not too worried about us hitting,'' Kemp said. ''This was a big homestand. Everybody was excited and riled up. We've just got to calm down.''

THE 1-0 RARITY

It was the Reds' first 1-0 loss at home since Aug. 26, 2017, when Gerrit Cole homered for the Pirates.

ANOTHER RARITY

The Reds' only out off a ground ball was the final one, a forceout at second base. Aguilar, the Brewers' first baseman, had no putouts in the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Brewers: RHP Jeremy Jeffress will pitch at Triple-A on Friday. He's on an injury rehabilitation assignment from a sore shoulder and could rejoin the team soon.

Reds: Suarez reached for his back after a hard swing-and-miss in the fourth inning, but he stayed in the game.

UP NEXT

Brewers: After a day off, Milwaukee opens a three-game series against the Cubs at Miller Park with Brandon Woodruff (1-0) making his second start. The Brewers have won eight of the last 11 games between them, including the NL Central tiebreaker.

Reds: Tyler Mahle makes his 2019 debut as the Reds open a four-game series in Pittsburgh. The teams split a rain-shortened two-game series to open the season.

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  • W: F. Peralta (1-0)L: L. Castillo (0-1)S: A. Wilson (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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R. Braun LF40000023.273.273.500.773-1.0
T. Shaw 3B40000012.227.433.364.797-0.5
J. Aguilar 1B21000211.182.308.182.4902.5
M. Moustakas 2B30000002.217.333.565.8991.0
H. Perez 2B00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
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O. Arcia SS20000101.050.136.200.3361.0
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A. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-doubled for Gamel in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF40000011.000.071.000.071-0.5
J. Votto 1B40000021.222.333.333.667-1.0
M. Kemp LF40100010.083.083.083.1670.5
E. Suarez 3B40100012.235.350.471.8210.5
S. Schebler CF30000031.000.105.000.105-1.5
D. Dietrich 2B30000011.111.200.444.644-0.5
C. Casali C30100011.400.400.6001.0000.5
J. Peraza PR-SS00000000.267.267.467.7330.0
J. Iglesias SS20000000.300.364.500.8640.0
a- Y. Puig PH10000011.188.278.250.528-0.5
J. Hughes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
L. Castillo P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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M. Lorenzen PR00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
  • a-struck out for Iglesias in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain (2)
  • RBI - M. Pina
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Pina
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Braun, T. Shaw, J. Aguilar, M. Pina, O. Arcia, F. Peralta
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 2 (2), C. Casali, Y. Puig
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (2), C. Yelich
FIELDING
  • DP - (Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Peralta (W, 1-0)8.020001103.271.0037.5
A. Wilson (S, 1)1.01001100.000.758.5
PITCHERSIP
F. Peralta (W, 1-0)8.0
A. Wilson (S, 1)1.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 0-1)7.01114901.420.7917.5
A. Garrett1.01000100.001.332.5
J. Hughes1.00001003.382.252.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 0-1)7.0
A. Garrett1.0
J. Hughes1.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 100-72, A. Wilson 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wilson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 26, A. Wilson 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Castillo
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 107-62, A. Garrett 14-10, J. Hughes 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 8-4, J. Hughes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 27, A. Garrett 4, J. Hughes 3
  • Balks - L. Castillo
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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C. Yelich RF20000211.375.5311.0001.5313.5
R. Braun LF40000023.273.273.500.773-1.0
T. Shaw 3B40000012.227.433.364.797-0.5
J. Aguilar 1B21000211.182.308.182.4902.5
M. Moustakas 2B30000002.217.333.565.8991.0
H. Perez 2B00000000.250.250.250.5000.0
M. Pina C40110011.167.375.167.5421.5
O. Arcia SS20000101.050.136.200.3361.0
F. Peralta P30000011.000.000.000.000-0.5
A. Wilson P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
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  • a-doubled for Gamel in the 8th
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
J. Winker RF40000011.000.071.000.071-0.5
J. Votto 1B40000021.222.333.333.667-1.0
M. Kemp LF40100010.083.083.083.1670.5
E. Suarez 3B40100012.235.350.471.8210.5
S. Schebler CF30000031.000.105.000.105-1.5
D. Dietrich 2B30000011.111.200.444.644-0.5
C. Casali C30100011.400.400.6001.0000.5
J. Peraza PR-SS00000000.267.267.467.7330.0
J. Iglesias SS20000000.300.364.500.8640.0
a- Y. Puig PH10000011.188.278.250.528-0.5
J. Hughes P00000000.000.000.000.0000.0
L. Castillo P20000010.000.000.000.000-0.5
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  • a-struck out for Iglesias in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - L. Cain (2)
  • RBI - M. Pina
  • 2-Out RBI - M. Pina
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - R. Braun, T. Shaw, J. Aguilar, M. Pina, O. Arcia, F. Peralta
BATTING
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - E. Suarez 2 (2), C. Casali, Y. Puig
BASERUNNING
  • SB - L. Cain (2), C. Yelich
FIELDING
  • DP - (Votto)
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
F. Peralta (W, 1-0)8.020001103.271.0037.5
A. Wilson (S, 1)1.01001100.000.758.5
Total9.03001120---
PITCHERSIP
F. Peralta (W, 1-0)8.0
A. Wilson (S, 1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Castillo (L, 0-1)7.01114901.420.7917.5
A. Garrett1.01000100.001.332.5
J. Hughes1.00001003.382.252.0
Total9.02115100---
PITCHERSIP
L. Castillo (L, 0-1)7.0
A. Garrett1.0
J. Hughes1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • Pitches-Strikes - F. Peralta 100-72, A. Wilson 25-13
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - A. Wilson 1-1
  • Batters Faced - F. Peralta 26, A. Wilson 5
PITCHING
  • HBP - L. Castillo
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Castillo 107-62, A. Garrett 14-10, J. Hughes 13-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Castillo 8-4, J. Hughes 1-1
  • Batters Faced - L. Castillo 27, A. Garrett 4, J. Hughes 3
  • Balks - L. Castillo
  • 2ND INNING
    Pina singled to shallow center, Aguilar scored, Pina to second10
  • 9TH INNING
    • Tucker Barnhart catching
    • Jared Hughes pitching
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas lined out to first, Aguilar out at first
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Pina grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • Hernan Perez at second base
    • Alex Wilson relieved Freddy Peralta
    • T. Barnhart: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Barnhart walked
    • Michael Lorenzen ran for Tucker Barnhart
    • J. Winker: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Winker struck out looking
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Votto popped out to third
    • M. Kemp: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Kemp singled to shallow left, Lorenzen to third
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Suarez grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Kemp out at second
    • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 8TH INNING
    • Amir Garrett relieved Luis Castillo
    • Lorenzo Cain hit for Ben Gamel
    • L. Cain: Ball, Foul, Ball, Cain doubled to deep right
    • C. Yelich: Yelich flied out to shallow center
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Ball, Cain stole third, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Foul, Shaw flied out to deep left
    • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Foul, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Schebler struck out on foul tip
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Dietrich lined out to left
    • C. Casali: Casali singled to shallow left
    • Yasiel Puig hit for Jose Iglesias
    • Jose Peraza ran for Curt Casali
    • Y. Puig: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Puig struck out swinging
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • M. Moustakas: Moustakas grounded out to first
    • M. Pina: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pina struck out swinging
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Arcia walked
    • F. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Peralta grounded out to pitcher
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Ball, Foul, Ball, Votto flied out to center
    • M. Kemp: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Kemp struck out swinging
    • E. Suarez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul tip, Suarez struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich walked
    • R. Braun: Braun flied out to right
    • T. Shaw: Ball, Foul, Shaw reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Yelich out at second
    • J. Aguilar: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Aguilar struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Ball, Iglesias lined out to center
    • L. Castillo: Castillo popped out to third
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Winker flied out to deep center
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • O. Arcia: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Arcia grounded out to third
    • F. Peralta: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peralta grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Schebler struck out looking
    • D. Dietrich: Ball, Dietrich popped out to second
    • C. Casali: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul tip, Casali struck out on foul tip
    • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Strike swinging, Shaw struck out swinging
    • J. Aguilar: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike looking, Aguilar grounded out to second
    • M. Moustakas: Ball, Moustakas hit by pitch
    • M. Pina: Strike looking, Pina flied out to right
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Votto: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Votto struck out looking
    • M. Kemp: Ball, Strike swinging, Kemp lined out to center
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Suarez flied out to center
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • F. Peralta: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Peralta struck out swinging
    • B. Gamel: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Yelich walked
    • R. Braun: Strike looking, Ball, Yelich stole second, Braun popped out to first
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Iglesias: Strike looking, Iglesias lined out to third
    • L. Castillo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Castillo struck out looking
    • J. Winker: Ball, Foul, Winker lined out to third
    • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • T. Shaw: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Shaw grounded out to pitcher
    • J. Aguilar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Aguilar walked
    • M. Moustakas: Aguilar to second on balk, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Moustakas popped out to third
    • M. Pina: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Pina singled to shallow center, Aguilar scored, Pina to second
    • O. Arcia: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Arcia grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • E. Suarez: Strike looking, Suarez singled to shallow left center
    • S. Schebler: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Schebler struck out swinging
    • D. Dietrich: Foul, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Dietrich struck out swinging
    • C. Casali: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Casali lined out to center
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • L. Castillo Pitching:
    • B. Gamel: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gamel struck out swinging
    • C. Yelich: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Yelich struck out swinging
    • R. Braun: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Braun struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • F. Peralta Pitching:
    • J. Winker: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Winker fouled out to third
    • J. Votto: Strike looking, Foul, Foul tip, Votto struck out on foul tip
    • M. Kemp: Kemp flied out to right
    • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)