(BaseballStL) — Shelby Miller turned in another efficient outing Tuesday night, throwing six innings on 94 pitches and picking up his first win of the season.
Like his previous outings, he was victim to the long ball. Unlike Pittsburgh or Cincinnati, he allowed only one run, a solo shot from Aramis Ramirez in the fourth inning.
It was one of only three hits Miller allowed, striking out seven and walking three. The walks all came in the first two innings, while he struck out a Brewer in every inning but the sixth.
More importantly, Miller was ahead of 13 of the 22 hitters he faced. Of the 58 strikes he threw, only 12 of them resulted in a ball in play. 29 of them didn’t result in any contact at all.
Miller’s fastball was his go-to pitch Tuesday night, recording an average velocity of 94.8 mph and maxing out at 96.
“What a nice day overall,” Mike Matheny told assembled reporters in Milwaukee after the game. “I don’t know what it is about his fastball, but when it’s right guys just have a hard time finding the barrel with it.”
Though pitch data was unavailable before the third inning at the time of this writing, Miller threw the heater 83 percent of the time over his last 53 pitches.
Miller moved to 1-2 on the season with the win.