Wily Peralta has been one of baseball's best pitchers this month.
Now, Peralta gets a second chance against the Rockies as he takes the mound at Coors Field on Friday night.
Peralta (7-9, 4.30 ERA) posted a 5.58 ERA through his first 17 starts, including a 7-3 loss to Colorado on April 3 in which he gave up four runs in 5 1-3 innings.
But the right-hander has reversed his fortunes of late and has given up one earned run in 29 1-3 innings over four July starts for a major league-best 0.31 ERA.
Peralta has also thrown at least seven innings in each of his last three outings after doing so just twice in his previous 18. His strikeout totals of eight and seven in his last two games are his highest this year.
"Wily, he's throwing strikes is the biggest thing," manager Ron Roenicke told the team's official website after Peralta gave up two hits over eight innings in a 1-0 win over Miami on Sunday. "Today's probably the best I've seen his slider, as far as he could throw it for a strike when he wanted to and he could bury it in the dirt when he wanted to and get some strikeouts."
He'll face a Colorado (49-54) lineup that could be without Carlos Gonzalez . The All-Star outfielder, tied for the NL lead with 26 home runs, is day to day after leaving in the fourth inning of the Rockies' 5-3 loss to Miami on Thursday. He aggravated a sprain on his right middle finger, an injury he has been bothered by since sustaining it in a July 7 at-bat.
The Brewers (42-59) fell to 1-3 since Ryan Braun 's suspension, losing 10-8 to San Diego on Thursday though they trailed 6-0 at one point. Roenicke's search for a No. 3 hitter in Braun's absence for the rest of the season will likely continue as Jean Segura was 0 for 5 and is 1 for 17 while batting in the third spot each of the last four games. Carlos Gomez is 7 for 9 over his last two contests and hit his 16th homer Thursday.
He'll look to stay hot against scheduled starter Tyler Chatwood (6-3, 2.48), who has been solid after one of the roughest outings of his career. The right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.74 ERA in three starts since allowing six runs and 11 hits over five innings of a 10-8 loss to the Dodgers on July 3.
Wilin Rosario has hit safely in all eight of his games versus Milwaukee, going 12 for 28 (.429) with three homers and seven RBIs. Troy Tulowitzki is hitting .200 with 12 strikeouts in 10 games since returning from a fractured rib, but is batting .395 in 32 career contests against the Brewers with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs.
Rickie Weeks has also been cold, going 2 for 32 (.063) over his last 10 games but is 11 for 25 in his last six games versus Colorado with two home runs and two doubles.
The Rockies have won eight of the last 10 meetings after taking two of three in Milwaukee during the teams' season-opening series.
|July 23, 2013||Donovan Hand||Day-to-Day||Left game - bruised right hand|
|July 21, 2013||Carlos Gomez||Day-to-Day||Sore left elbow|
|July 09, 2013||Norichika Aoki||Day-to-Day||Left elbow tightness|
|July 07, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||15-Day DL||Sprained left knee|
|July 06, 2013||Aramis Ramirez||Day-to-Day||Left knee injury|
|July 02, 2013||Wily Peralta||Day-to-Day||Left game - left hamstring tightness|
|July 25, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained right middle finger|
|July 15, 2013||Rafael Betancourt||15-Day DL||Appendicitis|
|July 08, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sprained finger|
|July 08, 2013||Roy Oswalt||15-Day DL||Strained left hamstring|
|July 05, 2013||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Upper back strain|
|June 29, 2013||Jorge De La Rosa||Day-to-Day||Left game - left thumb|
DENVER (AP) -- Tyler Chatwood fueled a stagnant Colorado offense with his bat and leaned on his arm to keep the opposition in check.
Chatwood pitched seven strong innings and went 2 for 2 with a two-run double to help the Rockies break out offensively in an 8-3 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday night.
Todd Helton and Nolan Arenado each had two hits and an RBI for the Rockies, who had scored an NL-low 58 runs in their 20 previous games in July.
"Our starters have been awesome, continuing to go out there, giving us a chance to win, and Chatwood did that both offensively and defensively," said Michael Cuddyer , who had an RBI single and scored a run. "He was probably our best hitter tonight, too."
Chatwood (7-3) allowed two runs on six hits and struck out the side in the first inning, finishing with a career-high 11 strikeouts on the night. He has been especially effective at hitter-friendly Coors Field, going 4-1 with a 3.47 ERA in eight home starts this season.
"His breaking ball was filthy, his curveball sharp, his fastball explosive and down," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "And he's got the slider that he has a lot of confidence in now. He was really good."
He was really good at the plate, too. Chatwood had his second multi-RBI game of the season and improved his batting average to .345, though he insisted his hits were "well-placed" rather than well hit.
"I got lucky. The ball found some holes again," Chatwood said.
On the mound, he was just good.
"His fastball's the biggest difference," said Brewers manager Ron Roenicke , who became familiar with Chatwood when they were both with the Los Angeles Angels . "Then his fastball was really straight. He's got really nice movement on his ball now."
The Rockies' bats came alive against one of the Brewers' top pitchers in recent weeks, Wily Peralta , who entered 3-1 with an 0.87 ERA in his previous six starts.
Peralta (7-10) allowed eight runs - five earned - and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings as the Rockies batted around during four-run innings in the second and fourth. He walked three and struck out two.
"It was a tough outing, man," Peralta said. "A lot of fastballs up in the zone. The start before, I was doing good because I was able to keep the fastball down. Today, I didn't have my slider, so I just left a lot of fastballs up in the zone."
The Rockies loaded the bases in the second when Helton singled around walks to Cuddyer and Wilin Rosario . Arenado followed with an RBI single and Chatwood then lined a double down the third base line. Arenado put the Rockies up 4-0 when he scored on a fielder's choice by D.J. LeMahieu.
LeMahieu, Troy Tulowitzki , Cuddyer, and Helton each had run-scoring hits in the fourth. An error by third baseman Yuniesky Betancourt when he failed to complete a force play by missing the bag opened the door to the final three runs of the inning.
Carlos Gomez homered off reliever Manuel Corpas in the ninth for the Brewers' final run. The homer was the 17th of the season for Gomez and the 100th overall by the Brewers.
NOTES: Chatwood's previous career high in strikeouts was 10 against Houston on May 29. ... Right-hander Collin McHugh , acquired last month from the New York Mets for Eric Young , will start for the Rockies on Saturday in place of Drew Pomeranz , who was placed on the 15-day disabled list because of left bicep tendinitis. The Brewers counter with LHP Tom Gorzelanny (1-4). ... Rockies slugger Carlos Gonzalez , forced to leave Thursday's game against Miami after aggravating the sprained middle finger on his right hand while swinging the bat in the first inning, was held out of the starting lineup. He is day to day. ... RHP Rob Wooten , called up from Triple-A Nashville by the Brewers prior to the game, made his major league debut when he relieved Peralta with two outs in the fourth. He went 2 1-3 innings, allowing two hits with one strikeout.