Rookie Freddy Peralta was the ninth-ranked prospect in the Brewers system before the season, according to MLB Pipeline. But in his home debut in Milwaukee, he mowed down the Royals, striking out ten and allowing just one hit in seven shutout innings in a 5-1 win Tuesday night.
Royals’ starter Jakob Junis found problems right away, giving up a first-inning double to Ryan Braun, followed by a two-run home run to Christian Yelich to make it 2-0 Milwaukee. It would be just the start of his longball problems. Jesus Aguilar connected for his 17th home run of the year in the third, a solo shot to make it 3-0. In the fifth, it was Ryan Braun again, this time with a two-run home run to make it 5-0 Milwaukee. It was the fifth time Junis has allowed three or more home runs in a game, and he now leads all of baseball with 22 home runs allowed.
Meanwhile, Peralta cut through the Royals’ lineup like a hot knife through butter. Adalberto Mondesi managed the only hit against him, a leadoff double in the third that was immediately erased when Mondesi was thrown out on a bunt attempt by Junis. Mondesi would provide virtually all of the offense by plating the only run of the game for the Royals, a solo home run in the eighth off Dan Jennings.
The Royals have scored just 48 runs in 23 June contests, barely over two runs per game (2.08). As a team, they are below the Mendoza Line this month, with an OPS under .600.
We’re not talking nearly enough about the Royals’ incredible streak of offensive futility.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) June 27, 2018
They’ve scored 4 runs or fewer in 18 straight games, which crushes the previous team record of 14. They’re on their way to becoming the first team with 19 straight since the 1992 Orioles.
Well, it’s 19 now.