MILWAUKEE (AP) — Freddy Peralta delivered another special performance on a special day.
Peralta celebrated his 25th birthday by carrying a no-hitter into the eighth inning of the Milwaukee Brewers’ 5-1 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night. Peralta, Brad Boxberger and Trevor Richards combined on a one-hitter as the Brewers won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
“It was awesome, man,” Peralta said. “I enjoyed every moment of this game.”
Peralta acknowledged with a laugh that this was his best birthday yet, but it wasn’t his favorite performance of his promising young career.
That honor belongs to his major league debut, when he struck out 13 in a 2018 Mother’s Day victory over Colorado with his mom sitting in the stands.
“Mother’s Day was still the best one for me,” Peralta said.
Nick Ahmed broke up the no-hit attempt by reaching for a low 1-2 pitch and blooping it into left-center for a one-out single in the eighth. The hit came on Peralta’s 109th and final pitch. Fans stood and cheered as manager Craig Counsell took the ball from Peralta, who tipped his cap to the crowd as he walked off.
This was the closest any Brewer has come to throwing a no-hitter since April 23, 2009, when Dave Bush also had his bid broken up with one out in the eighth. Juan Nieves threw the Brewers’ only no-hitter against Baltimore on April 15, 1987.
Peralta (6-1) struck out nine, walked three and allowed one run in 7 1/3 innings. Peralta has given up more than three hits in just three of his 11 starts this season. Opponents are hitting .133 against him.
“He’s making pitches, he can get deep into games and he’s taken a really big step this year, for sure, in a lot of different phases,” Counsell said. “He pitched…
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