- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 25, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - The Brewers don’t think Wily Peralta’s problems are physical.

Something, though, appeared to be wrong with Milwaukee’s pitcher Tuesday night.

Peralta didn’t get past the third inning as the Brewers, who committed two costly errors on consecutive plays in the second inning, were outslugged 11-6 by the Cleveland Indians.

Peralta lasted only 71 pitches and a season-low 2 2-3 innings. Afterward, the right-hander, who spent two months on the disabled list earlier this season with a strained left oblique, said he feels fine.

Manager Craig Counsell agreed, but said there’s clearly an issue that needs to be resolved.

“There are no physical issues at all,” Counsell said. “There’s nothing wrong with him. We’ll try to get to the bottom of it, but he’s fine. Certainly it’s not the same guy. He was 89-90 (mph) a lot of the night, so it’s concerning. We’ll try to figure out what’s going on.”

Peralta (4-8) had won his previous two starts, but was in trouble immediately as the Indians scored four runs in the first two innings.

Counsell said the team is determined to figure out how to fix Peralta.

“We’ll look at mechanical stuff,” Counsell said. “It’s just a period of fatigue possibly. It’s a little unusual. He’s got no complaints about anything. We’ll see how he’s doing tomorrow and go from there. “

Jonathan Lucroy homered twice and Ryan Braun and Domingo Santana connected for Milwaukee.

Josh Tomlin (2-1) shook off three home runs and lasted six innings to win his season debut at home and Michael Brantley homered twice for the Indians. Tomlin, who was making his third start since being activated from the disabled list following shoulder surgery in March, won for the first time at Progressive Field since May 21, 2014.

Brantley hit a pair of two-run shots for the Indians, who chased Peralta (4-8) in the third. Jason Kipnis, who came in tied for the AL batting lead, had three hits and rookie Francisco Lindor had three RBIs for Cleveland.

The Indians’ top three hitters - Kipnis, Lindor and Brantley - went a combined 9 of 12 with 9 RBIs and seven runs.

The Indians, who just completed an 11-game road trip, have won five of six at Progressive Field.

Brantley connected for his 10th homer in the fourth to put the Indians ahead 6-2. Kipnis walked leading off, and one out later, Brantley knocked a 2-2 pitch from reliever Kyle Lohse into the right-field seats.

Brantley added another homer in the eighth to make it 11-6.

Making their first visit to Cleveland since 2009, the Brewers had a rough night in the field.

Consecutive errors by Milwaukee shortstop Jean Segura and second baseman Scooter Gennett helped the Indians score two unearned runs in the second to take a 4-2 lead.

After the infield miscues, Kipnis hit an RBI double and Lindor slapped a run-scoring single to left off Peralta, who was lifted with two outs in the third. The right-hander appeared as if something was bothering him, and Counsell and a trainer visited the mound in the second inning to check on him.

In addition to the errors, Milwaukee missed cut-off throws and didn’t do much on offense other than the three homers.

“We gave them some runs,” Counsell said. “We have to play a cleaner game. It’s hard enough, but giving the other team runs makes it real hard.”


Counsell has one specific memory from the 1997 World Series he played in with Florida - the games in Cleveland.

“It was ridiculously cold,” he said. “It was a snowstorm during batting practice. Literally, like big white flakes coming down hard. I remember sitting in this dugout and everybody was just doing anything they can to stay warm. It was one of those times where it was cold for everybody. I’m from Wisconsin. I was freezing.”

Counsell scored the winning run in the 11th inning of Game 7, something he still hears about from Cleveland fans. Counsell spoke with Sandy Alomar, the Indians catcher at the time and current first base coach, during batting practice.

“I get many comments from Cleveland people that they don’t like me,” Counsell said. “It’s kind of in fun, definitely in fun. That’s certainly the first comment that I get from somebody who’s an Indians fan. Sandy remembers, it broke Sandy’s heart. He just told me that.”


Brewers: RHP Jimmy Nelson is 7-1 with a 2.39 ERA in his last 11 starts. The 6-foot-6, 240-pounder will be making his first start against the Indians.

Indians: Rookie RHP Cody Anderson will be activated from the disabled list and start in place of Carlos Carrasco, who is headed to the DL with a sore shoulder. Anderson has been out since Aug. 8 with a strained left oblique. This will be his second start against the Brewers, who tagged him for 10 hits in 2 2/3 innings on July 22.

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