Freddy Peralta wasn’t even supposed to make his MLB debut on Sunday.
But due to the mounting injuries to the Brewers pitching staff – and the fact that the Brewers’ AAA affiliate is conveniently located in Colorado Springs, CO – Peralta was in the right place at the right time. And boy, was he right.
Peralta, just 21, dazzled in Denver yesterday, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning that was eventually nixed by a single to right-center. In the end, he went five and two-thirds innings, allowing just one hit, two walks and striking out 13 while keeping the potent Rockies lineup off the scoreboard. You read that correctly: 13 strikeouts.
It was a historic debut on many counts. For one, his family had never seen him pitch professionally, and they fought back prideful tears throughout the performance. It turns out, Peralta’s 13 strikeouts are also the Brewers franchise record for most in an MLB debut. Pretty impressive for a guy who was scheduled to pitch in AAA-ball this week, let alone for anyone pitching against the Rockies in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field.
Peralta came to the Brewers from the Seattle Mariners in the Adam Lind trade a few offseasons ago, along with two other pitchers. He has clearly earned himself more Major League starts, especially with Brewers’ starters Chase Anderson, Zach Davies, Jhoulys Chacín, Wade Miley and Jimmy Nelson all battling some sort of injury. We’ll all be eagerly waiting.