Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo entered Tuesday night’s game against the Brewers with staggeringly good numbers against starter Wily Peralta. In 33 at-bats, Rizzo had four walks, three doubles, five homers, and 11 RBI along with a 1.719 OPS.
The numbers are such an anomaly that Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper had just gotten done listing them to fans when Rizzo cranked a 97 MPH Peralta fastball to the opposite field for a solo home run in the first inning at Miller Park. Rizzo came back up to the plate in the top of the eighth inning with a runner on second base and turned on a 95 MPH Peralta fastball, launching it off of the facade of the third deck in right field.
Rizzo finished 2-for-4 with the two homers and three RBI in the Cubs’ 12-5 loss to the Brewers. For those keeping score at home, Rizzo now has a .500/.568/1.250 triple-slash line against Peralta in 37 plate appearances with seven home runs and 14 RBI. Yes, that 1.250 mark is his slugging percentage, not his OPS.
Peralta has had a tough couple of years. After posting a 4.72 ERA last season, he’s currently sitting with an ugly 5.47 ERA this year. Peralta is on pace to face the Cubs again on Friday, September 16, a date which Rizzo surely has marked on his calendar.