A last-minute illness for Brewers’ pitcher Chase Anderson forced Milwaukee to call up 21-year-old Freddy Peralta to make a spot start against the Rockies. It turned into a start for the record books.
Peralta threw 13 strikeouts and allowed just one hit in 5 2/3 innings. The rookie had a no-hitter going through 5 1/3 innings and was pulled after recording his 13th strikeout and 98th pitch of the night.
That performance broke the Brewers’ record for strikeouts by a rookie pitcher but also etched his name into MLB history.
Today, #Brewers Freddy Peralta struck out 13 and allowed just 1 hit in his MLB debut.
Since 1908, he is the ONLY starting pitcher with 13 or more K’s and 1 or fewer hits allowed in his first career start.
— Hot Stove Stats (@HotStoveStats) May 14, 2018
Part of what made Peralta’s night so impressive was that he struck out Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu a combined seven times.
There’s more that made this a debut to remember, though.
Peralta’s parents traveled from the Dominican Republic with the intention of seeing their son pitch for the first time as a pro with the team’s Triple-A affiliate Sky Sox, coincidentally located in Colorado Springs.
Instead they were able to see him pitch his MLB debut at Coors Field — and on Mother’s Day, no less.
After the game, Peralta gave the ball from his 13th K to his mom, for what was sure to be as memorable a debut as they come.
Prior to today, Freddy Peralta’s family had never seen him pitch professionally. Safe to say that they’ll be catching more games going forward. And, of course, Mom gets the 13th strikeout ball. #MothersDay #MILatCOL pic.twitter.com/6ci7ixxWkS
— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) May 13, 2018