Former Brownwood Lion Shelby Miller made his second relief appearance with the St. Louis Cardinals in an 11-3 loss Monday night in San Diego.
Pitching the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, Miller allowed two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
In two relief appearances since joining the Cardinals on Sept. 4, Miller is 0-0 with a 3.60 ERA over five innings, having allowed two earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and two walks.
Miller made his Major League Baseball debut on Sept. 5, pitching two innings in a 6-2 home loss to the New York Mets. Miller worked two innings and struck out four while giving up just one hit, and left to a standing ovation.
The 2009 first-round draft pick of the Cardinals, Miller posted an 11-10 record with a 4.74 ERA, 160 strikeouts and 50 walks at Triple-Memphis. The Redbirds’ season ended on Sept. 3, which led to Miller being called up to the Major League roster.
After a shaky start to the Triple-A season, Miller posted a 7-2 record with a 2.88 ERA and an opponents’ batting average of .217 over his final 10 starts, which played a significant role in his promotion.
There continues to be speculation among several St. Louis media outlets that Miller could receive a start before the regular season ends, though the Cardinals have not indicated that is currently in the plans.