(BaseballStL) – The Cardinals avoided a sweep by one of the worst teams in the NL, the San Diego Padres, with a solid performance by Shelby Miller and the Redbirds’ offense.
Miller gave up two solo home runs in the second inning, erasing the two run lead Oscar Taveras had given him with a home run. But the Birds picked up their starter, scoring four more runs as the offense more than doubled the amount of runs scored in their previous two games.
Miller went 6.0 innings and fanned five batters, his longest outings and most strike outs since beating the Washington Nationals back on June 19th. He kept his pitch count low, at 85, and didn’t walk anyone before being lifted for Kevin Siegrist prior to the seventh inning.
It could have been a rough start mentally for Miller after his best friend Joe Kelly was traded away to Boston this afternoon. Miller and Kelly served as each other’s best men in their respective weddings this past off-season. But the youngest member of the starting rotation held strong to earn his eighth victory of the season.
The Redbirds head back to Busch Stadium for an important series against the Milwaukee Brewers where they will be joined by new teammates Justin Masterson and John Lackey.