Peralta's growing confidence translates to results

Peralta's growing confidence translates to results

LOS ANGELES -- If right-hander Wily Peralta stays hot, you'll see the Brewers wearing a lot of gold this summer.

The starting pitcher gets to chose from the Brewers' wardrobe of game jerseys, and in each of his past two starts, Peralta has picked the gold alternates, a new addition for this season. After he pitched six innings and picked up a win against the Dodgers on Saturday night, Peralta said he would go gold again Thursday against the Cardinals.

"Why not?" he asked.

Manager Ron Roenicke doesn't care what color Peralta wears, as long as he keeps pitching. It was only three starts ago that Roenicke referred to Peralta as "out of whack" and spoke with some urgency about figuring out a fix.

Peralta responded with back-to-back quality starts against the Cubs and Dodgers in which he scattered 11 hits, nine of them singles, and most of them softly-struck. On Saturday, he maintained his 96-mph fastball from the first inning through the end of the sixth.

"[Pitching coach Rick Kranitz] worked on some things with him. I think some of it is mechanical, but most of it is the confidence of knowing how to use the stuff you have," Roenicke said. "Wily is being successful, having some good outings, getting that confidence that he needs.

"He's not an overly cocky guy, and those cocky guys, they get it going quicker. They think they belong here, they think they're superstars, and they play that way. [Peralta] is modest, and those guys take longer. They take having success before they have that confidence."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.