While Wily Peralta has faced his fair share of aces since joining the Brewers' starting rotation this season, the right-hander is especially excited to face Felix Hernandez in Sunday's series finale against the Mariners at Safeco Field.
"I've already matched up against [Stephen] Strasburg in Washington, and those guys, they're unbelievable. I've been watching [Hernandez] since I was growing up, all the way through the Minor Leagues, and he's been unbelievable. You watch on TV the way these guys are doing it, and that's the kind of pitcher you want to be, Peralta said.
"I don't watch much baseball on TV, but he's a guy that, when he's on TV, I stop and watch him."
Peralta, who came into the season as the Brewers' top prospect, has shown he can compete with some of the best pitchers in baseball. He's 3-2 with a 2.03 ERA in his last seven starts, including a six-start stretch from June 21-July 21 in which he posted a 0.87 ERA and held opponents to a .181 average.
In his previous start against the Giants, Peralta allowed one run on five hits in 6 1/3 innings for his eighth win of the season.
As Peralta continues to work on commanding his offspeed pitches, including his slider and changeup, Hernandez has mastered them to become one of the most dominant pitchers in baseball.
Hernandez, the American League ERA leader at 2.39, lost for the first time in 13 starts on Tuesday to the Blue Jays. His first loss since May 25, the right-hander allowed six runs on nine hits in five innings.
However, three of the runs were unearned with Seattle committing four errors in the game. Experiencing growing pains with their young infield, which includes rookie second baseman Nick Franklin and rookie shortstop Brad Miller, the team has committed 12 errors over its last 11 games.
"It happens," Hernandez said after the game. "It's baseball. Errors are part of the game. We just happened to make a couple mistakes and fell behind a lot. They capitalized and scored some runs."
Brewers: Gallardo could return next homestand
Yovani Gallardo threw a successful bullpen session on Saturday and remains on track to come off the disabled list from a strained left hamstring early in the Brewers' next homestand.
Gallardo will throw another bullpen on Tuesday in Texas and is eligible to return from the DL on Aug. 15. He's likely to be reinstated to the starting rotation a few days later, either during a four-game series against the Reds or Cardinals.
"The main thing is feeling comfortable, not feeling a thing, and it went well," Gallardo said. "I was able to throw a complete bullpen, and that's a good start."
Mariners: Griffey inducted into team's Hall of Fame
Safeco Field was full of cheers and tears on Saturday as Ken Griffey Jr. was inducted into the Mariners Hall of Fame.
Griffey spoke for nearly 24 minutes in a thank-you speech to the organization, his former teammates and everyone involved in his career while in Seattle.
He became the seventh member in the club's Hall of Fame, joining Alvin Davis (1997), Dave Niehaus (2000), Jay Buhner ('04), Edgar Martinez ('07), Randy Johnson ('12) and Dan Wilson ('12).
"I am truly honored and humbled to be associated with these people here," Griffey said during his speech that lasted longer than double the scheduled 10 minutes. "And I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart. I wasn't going to speak this long, because I never prepare for anything. I don't have a speech. I just speak from the heart. I think that's the most important thing."
• The Brewers are now targeting Tuesday for Aramis Ramirez's return from the disabled list. He will likely serve as the designated hitter before playing a few innings at third base on Wednesday.
• In his new role as Mariners' closer, Danny Farquhar has retired 22 of the last 23 batters he's faced, and has not allowed a run while converting all three save opportunities.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.