They'll feel even better if Ryan Braun is able to play.
Peralta takes the mound for the first time since an injury scare for Milwaukee, which could also get Braun back against the Cincinnati Reds at Miller Park.
The Brewers (36-52) have dealt with a rash of injuries, including ones to Corey Hart , Aramis Ramirez and Braun, who was activated from the disabled list Monday after sitting out since June 9 due to a bruised right thumb.
Braun didn't play in Milwaukee's 4-3 win over Cincinnati (50-39), but could be in Tuesday's lineup. Meanwhile, Ramirez was placed on the DL for the second time this season as his left knee continues to bother him.
"Being on the DL is not something I enjoyed," said Braun, who hit .304 with nine homers and 36 RBIs in 57 games before succumbing to injury. "Definitely made me appreciate the last six years having never spent time on the DL because it's just a lot of long, boring days. I'm excited to be back. I'm excited to be able to compete again and be able to contribute, hopefully contribute to some better baseball."
Manager Ron Roenicke said Peralta (5-9, 5.27 ERA) is on track to start after running into a setback his last time out. He left last Tuesday's 4-0 win at Washington in the sixth inning with a strained left hamstring. Peralta was initially set to pitch Sunday but had that pushed back as a precaution.
"No restrictions," Roenicke said of Peralta, who threw 5 1-3 scoreless innings while allowing three hits to the Nationals before exiting. "It's all going to be dictated on what's happening. If he feels something, then, obviously, we'll address that. As far as pitches and things, there's no restrictions."
The right-hander started the season 3-6 with a 6.35 ERA in his first 11 starts, but has been better recently, going 2-3 with a 3.76 ERA over his last seven outings.
Peralta would likely be especially happy to have Braun back on the field, as he received an average of 2.43 runs of support in his last seven games, including a total of three runs over his last four.
Milwaukee has also committed three errors in his last four starts, but salvaged Monday's victory with a big assist from Carlos Gomez , who took away what would have been the go-ahead home run from Joey Votto for the game's final out.
Tony Cingrani (3-0, 3.40) will take the hill Tuesday, looking to keep Cincinnati from its fourth loss in five games. He gave up two runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win over San Francisco on Wednesday, his first start since June 11.
Braun and Jean Segura homered off Cingrani when he failed to record a decision in Cincinnati's 4-3 win May 10. Those were the only two runs allowed by the left-hander in four innings - his shortest start of the season.
|June 29, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right lat|
|June 28, 2013||Johnny Cueto||Day-to-Day||Left game - tight right lat|
|June 14, 2013||Jonathan Broxton||15-Day DL||Right elbow flexor mass strain|
|June 01, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|June 01, 2013||Johnny Cueto||15-Day DL||Strained right shoulder|
|May 21, 2013||Sean Marshall||15-Day DL||Sprained left shoulder|
|July 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left knee injury|
|July 02, 2013||Wily Peralta||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|June 24, 2013||Alfredo Figaro||15-Day DL||Strained right oblique|
|June 23, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Left game - left shoulder sprain|
|June 10, 2013||Ryan Braun||15-Day DL||Right thumb contusion|
|June 04, 2013||Marco Estrada||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wily Peralta didn't know when he took the mound Tuesday night that the Brewers had taken the field a record 407 straight times between complete games.
Milwaukee's wildly inconsistent right-hander ended that slump, tossing a three-hitter to give Milwaukee a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds for his first career shutout.
Peralta's solid outing was the Brewers' first complete game since Yovani Gallardo 's two-hit shutout on April 5, 2011 - a span of 407 games that the Brewers said was the longest such drought in major league history.
"It's a great feeling. I got a little bit of adrenaline going," said Peralta. "It was my first time that I threw in in the ninth inning. It was exciting."
Logan Schafer had a little excitement of his own and provided Peralta with all the support he needed, driving in both runs with his first career homer.
Peralta (6-9), whose start was pushed back from Sunday to give his ailing left hamstring a few extra days of rest, struck out six and walked four. He was aided by two double plays and also picked a runner off first. The Reds also had a runner thrown out at home.
"Outstanding command today," Brewers manager Ron Roenicke said. "Down in the zone with a really good sinker and I really thought he got the slider working well as the game went on. Threw some good change-ups. It was quite a ballgame."
Ton Cingrani (3-1) was almost as effective as Peralta, allowing just two singles in addition to Schafer's two-run homer, striking out 10 and walking two in seven innings.
Schafer, a last-minute replacement for Norichika Aoki , broke up the scoreless duel in the fifth. Martin Maldonado battled back from an 0-2 count for a leadoff walk and Schafer drove the first pitch 429 feet over the wall in right-center to put the Brewers up 2-0.
"One mistake, well, two mistakes; the walk and then I tried to get a head of Schafer and he jumps me," said Cingrani. "It's frustrating. I thought I did my job."
"Cingrani actually threw a better game," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "He had more strikeouts. But there's only one left-handed hitter in the lineup. He walks Maldonado and the only left-handed hitter in the lineup hits a home run. When you're not going too good, these things happen."
Derrick Robinson was within a hand swipe of putting the Reds on the board in the seventh when he sliced an opposite-field triple into the left-field corner. The ball eluded left fielder Jeff Bianchi , normally a utility infielder who came on to start the inning as a defensive replacement for Ryan Braun . Robinson tried to score on the play but was nailed on his reach back slide at home on a perfect relay throw from shortstop Jean Segura .
"Where we were, it looked like he blocked the plate on him," Baker said. "You saw it better than we did. When things aren't going good, those kind of things happen.
The Reds also threatened in the ninth when Joey Votto walked with two outs and advanced on a wild pitch, but Brandon Phillips grounded out to short.
"When I walked Votto, I had the feeling they were get let me finish up with Phillips," Peralta said. "When I walked Votto, I just kind of stepped back and said make one pitch at a time and that's what I did."
Roenicke said he probably would have pulled Peralta had Phillips gotten on.
"It was going to be a bad decision if Phillips got on there," Roenicke said. "That was going to be a tough one."
Braun, in the starting lineup for the first time since going on the disabled list June 10, singled in the first inning on the first pitch he saw. He grounded out to short and flied to right before being lifted.
NOTES: Aoki was in the starting lineup in right field and as the leadoff hitter, but was a pre-game scratch with left elbow tightness. ... Reds left fielder Chris Heisey left the game after getting hit on the left elbow by a pitch from Peralta in the second inning. X-rays were negative. "He said his feeling didn't come back and that's why we took him out," Baker said. "I don't think he's playing tomorrow." . Reliever Sam LeCure pitched one scoreless inning, extending the Reds' bullpen scoreless streak to 23 1/3 innings, spanning eight games. . The victory was only the fifth of the season for the Brewers when scoring less than four runs (5-33).