Published September 16, 2012
| Sports Network
Dominican rookie Wily Peralta makes the third start of his brief big-league career - and first against New York - when the Milwaukee Brewers host the Mets in the finale of a three-game series at Miller Park.
Peralta, who debuted with the Milwaukee organization as a 17-year-old in 2006, made his big-league debut on April 22 when he tossed an inning of one-run relief, allowing three hits, in the Brewers' 4-1 loss to Colorado.
He made 28 starts at Triple-A Nashville and posted a 4.66 earned run average in 146 2/3 innings, then returned to the majors and earned his initial victory with six innings of three-run ball in his first start at Miami on Sept. 5.
Peralta allowed a run on seven hits in the follow-up effort five days later against Atlanta and got a no-decision in Milwaukee's 4-1 victory.
In 13 combined innings, Peralta has walked five batters, struck out eight and allowed a composite .319 batting average.
He'll be opposed by 33-year-old Texas native Chris Young, who faces the Brewers for the third time in his 157th big-league start.
It's his first meeting with them since Sept. 7, 2008, when he tossed a complete-game two-hitter, allowing a single run and striking out five in a 10-1 triumph.
The win, which came when Young was a member of the San Diego Padres, remains the only complete game of Young's big-league career.
The Princeton University product has pitched well in his two most recent starts, picking up a win (at Miami) and a no-decision (against Atlanta) while combining to give up three runs on 10 hits in 11 innings.
The Mets are 3-7 in his last 10 starts.
On Saturday, Rickie Weeks hit a home run, scored twice and drove in three to lead the Brewers to a 9-6 victory.
Pinch-hit triples from Logan Schafer and Travis Ishikawa plated three runs for the Brewers, who have won 19 of their last 25 games to stay within striking distance of the NL Wild Card chase.
Ike Davis hit a two-run homer in the ninth to bring the Mets within three, but it wasn't enough, as New York dropped its seventh game in its last eight tries.
Shaun Marcum didn't pitch long enough to be considered for the win as he was pinch-hit for during a five-run fourth inning for the Brewers. Brandon Kitnzler (2-0) positioned himself for the victory after pitching a scoreless fifth.
Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Lucas Duda each came through with an RBI for the Mets, but starting pitcher Jenrry Mejia (0-1) lasted just three-plus innings in his first start of the season, allowing five runs on six hits while walking five.
"Command is what we really have to get straightened out," Mets manager Terry Collins said. "Once the game starts you hope he settles down. I'm sure he was pretty excited. It's tough to pitch up here behind in the count."
The Mets and Brewers split two games in a series in New York in May, after Milwaukee won four of six games between the teams in 2011.