Yes indeed, considering Peralta entered Thursday's outing against most of the World Series champion Royals' regulars with an 11.70 ERA in his first four Cactus League starts, having surrendered 23 hits including a trio of home runs, in 10 innings. Peralta, who was making his first start since manager Craig Counsell tabbed the 26-year-old for Opening Day, surrendered a solo home run to Eric Hosmer, but otherwise carved through six innings.
Peralta allowed that lone run on four hits, with no walks and three strikeouts.
"I knew this one I had to go and really pitch," Peralta said. "I wasn't trying to work on anything, wasn't messing around much. I think this is one I really had to step up and perform. I was able to do that today, really go out and execute pitches."
Peralta induced 11 ground-ball outs in his next-to-last start before an Opening Day assignment on April 4 against the Giants at Miller Park.