Making his first start in a Major League Baseball game in well over a year, Brownwood graduate Shelby Miller pitched 3.2 innings as the Arizona Diamondbacks dropped a 9-5 decision to the Miami Marlins Monday night.
Miller, who had been sidelined since April 2017 after tearing his UCL, gave up five earned runs on six hits — including a home run — with five strikeouts and two walks.
Miller tossed 85 pitches, 52 for strikes, but couldn’t escape the third inning. Trailing 3-2, Miami struck for three runs in the frame before Miller was lifted in favor of reliever T.J. McFarland.
“It was so good to be back. I felt really good for most of the game,” Miller told the Arizona Republic. “My command could’ve been better. It didn’t play out as good as I pitched. It’s about getting out of there healthy; it’s about getting back on the bump after being off for 14 months. That alone is a goal reached in itself.”
At the plate, Miller drove in Arizona’s third run of the game with an RBI sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning that plated Jarrod Dyson.
A 2009 first-round draft choice of the St. Louis Cardinals and a 2015 All-Star with the Atlanta Braves, Miller owns a 37-50 career record in 121 starts with a 3.72 ERA, 578 strikeouts and 279 walks in 702 innings pitched.