Former Brownwood Lion Shelby Miller earned his first Major League Baseball victory Sunday as the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 5-2, in 12 innings.
Miller pitched the bottom of the 11th inning, allowing one hit with one strikeout. He threw 14 pitches, nine of which were strikes.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the top of the 12th and Jason Motte came on for the save in the bottom of the inning.
Miller is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in three relief appearances.
The 2009 Brownwood graduate made his MLB debut on Sept. 5, pitching two scoreless innings of relief in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 6-2 home loss to the New York Mets.
Miller, the 2009 first-round draft pick of the Cardinals, worked the sixth and seventh innings and allowed just one hit while striking out four batters.
On Sept. 10, Miller made his second relief appearance in the Cardinals’ 11-3 road loss to the San Diego Padres.
Pitching the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, Miller allowed two earned runs on four hits with three strikeouts and two walks.
At Triple- Memphis, Miller posted an 11-10 record with a 4.74 ERA, 160 strikeouts and 50 walks. The Redbirds’ season ended Sept. 3, which led to Miller being called up to the Major League roster.
The Cardinals owned a 77-70 record and a one-game lead over the Dodgers for the second National League wild card berth heading into Monday’s action.