SURPRISE, Ariz. — While Milwaukee Brewers starter Wily Peralta threw 5.2 innings of scoreless baseball in a 1-0 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, Texas Rangers scouts were in attendance keeping an eye on Peralta, according to the Dallas Morning News.
The Rangers are reportedly looking for more starting pitching depth while they decide whether to use a four or five-man rotation this season. Peralta’s $4.275 million 2017 contract, along with ineligibility for free agency until 2019 could make him an appealing addition, per the Dallas Morning News.
Peralta is looking to bounce back from a rough beginning to his 2016 campaign in which his first 13 starts saw his ERA balloon to an MLB-worst 6.68. But after a demotion to Triple A Colorado Springs, Peralta returned to post a 2.92 ERA over his final 61.2 innings.
Peralta has shown improvement so far this spring, adding some velocity through a mechanics change in the offseason. He also got some work for the Dominican Republic during the World Baseball Classic.
ARLINGTON, Tex. — The bats of Texas Rangers outfielder Carlos Gomez and catcher Jonathan Lucroy helped defeat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Tuesday night.
Gomez had a three-run home run in the third inning and Lucroy provided the go-ahead run with a two-RBI double against their former team. Their efforts secured the win and also the No. 1 seed in the American League as they look for home-field advantage in the postseason.
“I haven’t been here all year, but the short time I have been here the fans have been great, so I think they deserve it,” Lucroy said. “I think it gives us a distinct advantage. Anytime you play a playoff series at home, that’s going to be an advantage for any team. The first step was clinching, the second step is obviously getting home-field advantage.”
Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson bore the brunt of Texas’ offense, getting tagged for five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. He’s now 8-16 on the year with a 4.62 ERA.
Milwaukee’s bats put them in a position to win early, jumping out to a 3-0 lead thanks to Chris Carter and Manny Piña home runs. Again, it was the inability to string hits together that cost Milwaukee the win. They held a 10-7 advantage in terms of hits in the game.
ARLINGTON, Tex. — The Milwaukee Brewers used a bevy of offense to get past the Texas Rangers 8-3 Monday night, backing up a Matt Garza start against his former team.
Garza threw six innings of three-run ball, surrendering six hits and striking out three. The last time Garza faced Texas was in 2010 as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, a 6-3 victory on Oct. 9. in the American League Divisional Series.
Milwaukee’ bats recorded 10 hits in Monday night’s win, led by Jonathan Villar’s 3-for-4 day at the plate. He drove in five runs with a pair of home runs, while Domingo Santana added two RBIs on a 1-for-5 outing.
For the Rangers, the loss dropped them a half-game back of the Boston Red Sox as both teams battle for home-field advantage in the postseason.