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National League Preview from The Sports Network
Monday, June 16 (All times eastern)
Milwaukee Brewers (41-29) at Arizona Diamondbacks (30-42), 9:40 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Milwaukee - Wily Peralta (6-5, 2.90) Arizona - Brandon McCarthy (1-9, 5.29)
(SportsNetwork.com) - After spending three days away from the team to be with his family in the Dominican Republic for a personal matter, Wily Peralta returns to take the mound for the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday when they begin a four-game set against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field.
While home, Peralta said he was able to go through his normal routine between starts. He declined to talk about the nature of the family issue, but did say the trip helped clear his mind.
"I did everything down there," Peralta said. "I wasn't going to miss anything. I was going to be ready for (Monday)."
In his most recent start, Peralta allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings against the New York Mets at Citi Field, lowering his season ERA to 2.90 through 13 starts.
For Arizona, Brandon McCarthy tries to snap a personal three-game losing streak. It has been a rough season to this point for the right-handed veteran, who is 1-9 with a 5.29 ERA. He gave up five runs on eight hits over six innings at Houston on Wednesday.
The D'backs put an end to a four-game losing streak with Sunday's 6-3 victory against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
Paul Goldschmidt homered in the first inning, and Miguel Montero added a two- run shot in the ninth to help seal the victory. Starter Bronson Arroyo lasted only five innings despite yielding just one run on five hits.
"He used every bit of knowledge and wisdom he could to get through five innings for us," manager Kirk Gibson said of Arroyo, who is battling elbow pain and saw his fastball sit in the low 80s.
After 15 years in the big leagues, the 37-year-old appears increasingly likely to head to the disabled list for the first time in his career.
"It's just slowly sliding downhill," he said. "I might be facing the inevitable for the first time in two decades."
Meanwhile, Milwaukee is in a stretch that will see the team play 15 of 18 on the road.
"This is an important time for us to get through, this period," manager Ron Roenicke said. "If we get through it, I know there's a couple other (tough) stretches in the second half, but I think right now, especially where our bench is, I think these guys are going to get worn down."
The Brewers lost two of three at home to Cincinnati over the weekend, including Sunday's 13-4 drubbing. Starter Marco Estrada entered the game leading the majors in homers allowed, and he served up three more to his total as the Reds racked up a season-high 13 runs and 19 hits.
Arizona won two of three in Milwaukee when these teams faced each other from May 5-7.
06/16 10:46:38 ET