When it comes to the eighth, Peralta's the man

When it comes to the eighth, Peralta's the man

When it comes to the eighth, Peralta's the man
SEATTLE -- Joel Peralta has been lights-out lately. In the eighth inning of the Rays' 4-1 win over the Mariners on Monday night, he faced three batters and struck out all three. He followed that with a perfect eighth on Tuesday night.

The right-hander has allowed just one earned run over his last 16 1/3 innings and has 25 strikeouts in 16 games.

Peralta is good friends with team closer Fernando Rodney, who fires an imaginary arrow into the air after each of his successful performances. Given Peralta's success in holding the opposition in the eighth inning, manager Joe Maddon was asked if it's time to find Peralta a bow and arrow as well.

Maddon smiled and said, "Maybe a slingshot." Told of his manager's remarks, Peralta smiled and said, "I don't throw hard enough [for a bow and arrow]."