ROUND ROCK — Former Brownwood Lion Shelby Miller returned to Texas Saturday night, pitching in his home state for the first time since being promoted to the Triple A affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals — the Memphis Redbirds.
Miller — who started on the mound and worked 5.1 innings, yielding one run on five hits with eight strikeouts and three walks — finished with a no-decision as Memphis rallied to defeat the Round Rock Express, the Triple A affiliate of the Texas Rangers, by a 5-1 count in 10 innings.
The lone run surrendered by Miller scored in the bottom of the fifth inning. Luis Martinez led off with a double that was lost in the lights, followed by a two-out RBI double to right field by Yangervis Solarte.
Memphis pulled even in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Matt Adams. The Redbirds then built a four-run advantage in the top of the 10th inning on an RBI single by Mark Hamilton, RBI sacrifice flies by Pete Kozma and Cedric Hunter and an error.
Heading into the game, Miller had posted a 3-2 record with a 5.09 ERA in five starts for Memphis. In 23 innings pitched, the former Lion had notched 29 strikeouts and 12 walks, while giving up 13 runs and 30 hits.