Posted-May 22nd, 2013 11:30 pm
MILWAUKEE (AP) — This has been one miserable May for Wily Peralta and the Milwaukee Brewers.
Peralta was knocked out in the second inning and Milwaukee went on to a 9-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday. The Brewers have dropped three of four to fall to 4-16 this month.
"I don't know if it was the worst game of the year," Milwaukee manager Ron Roenicke said. "We've got to start getting after it."
Peralta (3-5) gave up six runs — four earned —and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings. The right-hander has lost each of his last three starts and is 1-4 with an 8.22 ERA in five games in May.
"I'm leaving too many pitches up, right down the middle, up in the zone," Peralta said. "Things are not happening my way."
Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke had two RBIs apiece and Ramon Hernandez hit his first home run with the Dodgers, who took two of three from the Brewers but remain in last place in the NL West.
Matt Kemp hit a run-scoring single in the first, and Los Angeles sent 11 batters to the plate in a five-run second.
Crawford had a two-run single, and Hernandez came home on an error by shortstop Jean Segura. Peralta then issued consecutive bases-loaded walks to Van Slyke and Nick Punto, his final two batters.
"(Peralta) left some balls up, but some were not hit that well and snuck between out infielders," Roenicke said. "His command left him a little bit."
Hernandez, making just his sixth start of the season, connected against Alfredo Figaro in the third for his first home run since Sept. 2 for Colorado.
Ryan Braun homered in the sixth for the Brewers. It was his first since May 10 and ninth overall.
Dodgers rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu (5-2) allowed two runs and six hits in a season-high 7 1-3 innings. Ryu has allowed two earned runs or fewer in seven of his 10 appearances.
"The team gave me that lead, so I was really comfortable," Ryu said through an interpreter.
Before the game, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly criticized his team and benched All-Star right fielder Andre Ethier.
Mattingly, in the third and final year of his contract, discussed his club's lack of mental toughness and said he wanted a balanced team that has grit and fight. He benched Ethier for the third time in six games and said he was "putting out my lineup that I feel is going to be the most competitive and going to compete the hardest."
Ethier was not informed of what his manager said until after the game, and said he took offense to the comment.
"I'm struggling just like everyone else here to get a grip and get a handle on what's going on here, and never losing hope of what our main goal is," Ethier said. "Which is to figure this out and turn things around. And figure out a way to get back on top of this division."
Ethier was then asked if he expected Mattingly to still be his manager the next time Los Angeles takes the field Friday against St. Louis.
"Why not?" Ethier said. "We're not out of this by far. We're right there - I don't mean right there - but we're close. A good run the next month or two could put us right back where we want to be by the All-Star break. We have confidence in everyone in this room and everyone on this staff. Other than the pressure put on this team to perform right away and do what's it's done is the reason why these issues are coming up."
Every position player for Los Angeles except Adrian Gonzalez had at least one hit. He was also asked about the future of his manager.
"I don't expect him to get fired," Gonzalez said. "I don't want him to get fired and I think he's the right man for the job."
NOTES: Hernandez leads active catchers with 160 homers. ... The Brewers are 1-6 on Wednesdays. ... Milwaukee RHP Kyle Lohse will miss his next scheduled turn in the rotation because irritation in his throwing elbow. Mike Fiers (1-2) is slated to start in place of Lohse (1-5) on Saturday against visiting Pittsburgh
(Copyright Associated Press)