Peralta: Classic experience like World Series

Peralta: Classic experience like World Series

MESA, Ariz. -- The only downside to Wily Peralta's World Baseball Classic experience was that it came to a premature end.

Peralta was back in Brewers camp on Tuesday in Phoenix while his Dominican Republic teammates prepared for second-round games in San Diego. Peralta, who pitched four strong innings of an extra-inning win over Colombia, was part of the D.R.'s "designated pitcher pool," and was only eligible for Round 1.

"I felt like I was in the World Series," he said. "Jumping and doing all this crazy stuff."

Peralta pitched the Dominicans' third game of the tournament. In the first inning against Colombia, he surrendered a run on two hits, plunked a batter and was charged with an error. Peralta then settled in and did not allow another hit or run through the end of the fourth.

The game featured a thrilling finish, with Dominican left fielder Jose Bautista throwing out a Colombian runner at the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning, and the Dominican Republic erupting for seven runs in the 11th to clinch a spot in the second round.

That victory came after the Dominican Republic beat the U.S. in another nail-biter.

"I've never been in the World Series, but I heard a lot of people who have been there, they say this was like the World Series," Peralta said. "Especially that game [between] the U.S. and Dominican. That was crazy, man. …

"The game that I pitched was unbelievable, but the game between the U.S. and Dominican [Republic] -- they were doing the most they can to beat us; we were doing the same thing. Everybody in the clubhouse, we were talking about that game. The day before, we were concentrating. Everybody went to sleep early. We were ready for that game, man. I was in the dugout and I felt like I had pressure. I knew I wasn't going to pitch and I felt nervous in the dugout."

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Peralta planned to watch Tuesday's Round 2 matchup between the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico at his spring residence in the Phoenix area, and was relieved that neither of his Brewers teammates, Hiram Burgos and Jorge Lopez, was scheduled to start for Puerto Rico.

"It was really hard [to leave]," Peralta said. "Seriously, I didn't want to leave, but that's the agreement that we did, be there in the first [round]. I'm happy to be in camp with these guys. Get back to my normal routine and get ready for the season. It was a great experience. I was happy to represent my country."

Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.