Former Brownwood Lion and St. Louis Cardinals’ 2009 first-round draft pick Shelby Miller recorded his fourth straight victory Thursday — in four consecutive starts — to even his overall record at 9-9 in his first season with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds.
During the win streak — which started July 30 and includes victories over Round Rock, Fresno, Tacoma and Salt Lake City — Miller has posted a 3.57 ERA by allowing just 10 earned runs on 22 hits with 33 strikeouts and only one walk in 25.2 innings.
In 24 starts this season, Miller is 9-9 with a 5.19 ERA, 132 strikeouts, 47 walks, 68 earned runs allowed and 126 hits allowed — including 22 home runs — over 118 innings.
Five of Miller’s nine victories have come since July 20, when the Redbirds defeated Oklahoma City to end a two-month drought in which Miller did not collect a single win.
In his most recent outing against Salt Lake City, a 5-3 Memphis home victory Thursday night, Miller worked six innings and allowed three earned runs on five hits with seven strikeouts and one walk — his first walk issued since July 14.
Heading into Saturday action, the Redbirds owned a 47-80 record in Pacific Coast League American Northern Division action. Memphis had slipped back into fourth behind the Omaha Storm Chasers (75-52), Nashville Sounds (48-79) and Iowa Cubs (48-79).
Barring a change, Miller will likely take the mound Tuesday at Iowa. Following that start, Miller could toe the rubber twice more before the regular season comes to a close on Sept. 3.