Jake Peavy continues to struggle late, and the Giants offense was stifled by Wily Peralta as San Francisco dropped the game and the series to the Brewers 3-1 on Thursday afternoon.
Milwaukee got to Peavy right away in the bottom of the first when Jonathan Lucroy singled before Ryan Braun doubled him home. The Giants eventually tied the game at one in the top of the fifth when Peavy helped his own cause by striking out but reaching first on a wild pitch. Angel Pagan returned to the line-up and collected a base hit before Hunter Pence singled home Peavy. However, with two guys on and nobody out, the Giants failed to capitalize and take the lead, as Buster Posey struck out, and Pablo Sandoval grounded into a double play.
The third time the Brewers line up faced Peavy, they were able to knock him around. Aramis Ramirez led off the top of the sixth with a double and came around to score when Khris Davis followed it up with a hit down the right field line. A fan reached over and grabbed the ball, with Davis ending up at second base. Rickie Weeks singled, moving Davis to third, and Mark Reynolds sacrifice fly gave Milwaukee a 3-1 lead. After Jean Segura singled and Peralta bunted both runners into scoring position, it marked the end of Peavy’s day. He went 5 2/3 innings, giving up nine hits, three runs, three walks, and striking out three. He threw 96 pitches, 52 strikes, and fell to 0-3 with his new Giants team. He’s received the least amount of run support in the Major Leagues, but has struggled in each of his three San Francisco starts to put an opposing line up away the third time through.
For the Brewers, Peralta was brilliant on his way to becoming the first MLB player this season to reach 14 wins. He tossed 6 2/3 innings, allowing seven hits, one run, one walk, and striking out nine Giants on 115 pitches, 72 of them strikes.
The Giants still have a winning road trip (4-3) and will look to finish up strong as they head to Kansas City. Madison Bumgarner will try to join Peralta in the 14-win club on Friday night as he takes on Jason Vargas (8-5, 3.69).