Brewers round out Giants DH sweep; Peralta comes out early


MILWAUKEE (AP) — Even Freddy Peralta’s unexpected exit couldn’t stop the Milwaukee Brewers from silencing the San Francisco Giants roster.

The Brewers allowed a total of seven hits in a double sweep of the Giants on Thursday.

Corbin Burnes struck out 14 and allowed three hits in eight shutout innings as the Brewers won 2-1 in the opener. Peralta lasted just two innings in Game 2 before leaving with shoulder fatigue, but Milwaukee’s bullpen paved the way for a 4-2 triumph.

“I’m just happy with the pitch as a whole,” Brewers manager Craig Counsell said. “They pitched very well. Everyone contributed. »

Peralta left after walking Tommy La Stella to start the third inning of Game 2. The Brewers were leading 3-0 at the time.

Counsell said afterward that Peralta would likely be on the disabled list. Peralta already missed more than two months earlier this season with a lat strain.

Counsell and Peralta both expressed confidence that the 2021 All-Star would return later this season.

“I already spoke to the coaches and they said there was nothing really bad,” Peralta said. “There’s just a little fatigue.”

The Brewers hung on in Game 2 because Peter Strzelecki (2-1), Hoby Milner, Brad Boxberger, Matt Bush and Taylor Rogers combined to allow just four hits and two runs in seven innings of relief.

Rogers retired in the ninth for his 31st save in 39 chances. Devin Williams got his 11th save of 12 chances in Game 1.

“It was a total team effort there,” Rogers said. “Every guy went out there and did their best. He’s a pretty good confidence builder for the pen.”

The Brewers have been home for 20 of their last 26 games, a streak that began with that doubleheader. They are 2½ games behind the Philadelphia Phillies and three behind the San Diego Padres in the race for the last two NL wildcard spots.

“Having all those home games at the end is definitely going to help us in this playoff push, but we need some good baseball to get into it,” Burnes said.

Burnes entered the doubleheader having allowed 17 earned runs in 21 innings in his last four starts. But he dominated the Giants and showed the form that won him the NL Cy Young Award last season.

He struck out 10 or more batters for the ninth time this season to tie the Brewers single-season record set by Ben Sheets in 2004. Burnes (10-6) also holds the franchise record for most two-man games at bat numbers with 21.

The 14 strikeouts were one of Burnes’ career highs. He had 15 in a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cubs on Aug. 11, 2021.

“Nothing new,” Giants manager Gabe Kapler said. “It’s Corbin Burnes. It was as good as we’ve seen. His stuff was going through the area. He was hitting the top of the area. His cutter was working well. The ball was moving all over the place. It’s hard to name five best baseball starters.

Burnes beat Jakob Junis (4-5), who struck out four and allowed three hits, two runs and two walks in six innings. Junis entered the second moto, replacing lead Scott Alexander.

The Giants opened the scoring in the third inning on a double from Mike Yastrzemski. Milwaukee’s Christian Yelich and Hunter Renfroe had back-to-back RBI doubles in the fourth.

Milwaukee definitely took the lead in Game 2 by scoring three first-inning runs against Alex Young (0-1). Only one of the points was earned.

Joc Pederson homered for the Giants in Game 2.


This doubleheader had two sets of brothers facing each other.

Taylor Rogers and Giants reliever Tyler Rogers are identical twins. Scott Alexander of San Francisco is the older brother of Brewers right-hander Jason Alexander.

Jason Alexander is the Brewers’ scheduled starter on Friday, so he was unlikely to pitch in Thursday’s doubleheader.

According to Elias Sports Bureau, the last time two sets of brothers met in the same game was on August 6, 1977, when St. Louis’ Hector Cruz and Bob Forsch and Houston’s Jose Cruz and Ken Forsch all played in a game. . the Cardinals won 3-1. Elias’ records only represented the instances in which all four siblings saw action in the game.


Brewers IF Luis Urías was hit in the helmet by a pitch from Sean Hjelle in the sixth inning of Game 2. Urías remained in the match after a brief delay.

RHP Justin Topa has been named as the Brewers’ 29th man for the doubleheader. Topa hadn’t pitched in the majors since Sept. 3, 2021, as he recovered from third elbow surgery. … The Brewers also reinstated INF Mike Brosseau (right oblique) from the injured list and opted OF Esteury Ruiz for Triple-A Nashville.


Giants: Stay on the road to start a three-game series with the Chicago Cubs. The starters scheduled for Friday are LHP Carlos Rodón (12-7, 2.92 ERA) for the Giants and LHP Drew Smyly (5-8, 3.84) for the Cubs.

Brewers: Stay home to start a three-game series with the Cincinnati Reds. Jason Alexander (2-2, 5.03) leaves for the Brewers on Friday along with LHP Nick Lodolo (3-5, 3.95) for the Reds. ___

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