ST. LOUIS — The lengthy rest appears to have worked perfectly for former Brownwood Lion Shelby Miller.
Pitching for the first time in 13 days — and the first time in the second half of the season — Miller collected the 10th victory of his rookie campaign by tossing six shutout innings in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 4-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies Tuesday night at Busch Stadium.
Miller has not pitched more than 150 innings in a season of his professional career, but had worked 104.2 in the first half of this season. That fact, coupled with losses in three of his last four starts and outings that were not as crisp as what the Brownwood graduate delivered earlier in the season, led to the extended break.
In his return to the mound Tuesday night, Miller yielded just three hits, walked one and struck out six batters. Miller tossed 85 pitches, 62 of which were strikes.
For the season, Miller has fanned 118 batters and walked just 30 in 110.2 innings of action. His record stands at 10-6 through 18 starts with a 2.27 ERA.
The St. Louis Cardinals became the first team in Major League Baseball to reach 60 wins with Tuesday’s victory. St. Louis’ 60-37 record leaves the Cardinals 1.5 games ahead of the Pittsburgh Pirates (59-39) in the NL Central race.