Cards' Miller keeps Reds hitless until the sixth inning

Cards' Miller keeps Reds hitless until the sixth inning

Credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images

ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 3: Starter Shelby Miller #40 of the St. Louis Cardinals pitches against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium on October 3, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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by Scott Bierman / BaseballStL

KMOV.com

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 7:57 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 9:04 PM

ST. LOUIS (BaseballStL) – With the Cardinals already in the playoff picture, it was time for Shelby Miller to make his first Major League start in his career.

Miller carved through a Reds lineup that was filled with its everyday starters and, unlike the Reds, the Cardinals elected to field a team of everyday bench players which included Skip Schumaker hitting third in the lineup. 

The right-hander didn’t give up his first hit until the sixth inning with two outs when Wilson Valdez hit a bloop single to right field.

After getting the third out in the sixth, Miller was relieved by Sam Freeman.  His final line read: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K.

It has been a topsy-turvy journey to the big leagues for Miller after a horrendous start at Triple-A Memphis this year.  Miller posted a 4-8 record with a 6.17 ERA in 17 starts before the All-Star break.  He rebounded in his next ten starts compiling a 7-2 record with a 2.88 ERA.

The hard throwing right-hander posted a 1-0 record with a 2.35 ERA in five relief appearances with the Cardinals prior to Wednesday’s start. 

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