(BaseballStL) — 2014 was more of the same for Shelby Miller when it came to the Pirates. In 5.1 innings, the 23-year-old gave up six hits and five runs, three of which were off the long ball.
Pedro Alvarez continued to be a thorn in the Cardinals’ side, hitting two homers and scoring three runs. Previously versus Miller, Alvarez was 1-for-10, but he made up ground quickly on Friday. His homer in the second and another in the fourth set the tone for the young starter's outing.
Miller threw 12 first pitch strikes to the 23 batters he faced, and was ahead 0-2 or 1-2 on 13 of them.
Unfortunately, he converted only two of those to strikeouts. While half the hits he surrendered were home runs, there were plenty of hard hit balls.
Peter Bourjos mistimed a jump in center on a ball roped to the wall, Allen Craig caught a liner in right, Peralta turned a laser line drive into a double play and Wong snagged a liner of his own.
Though none of those turned into runs, they were all indicators that the Pirates had Miller figured out.
It was familiar territory for the Texas native, as the Pirates chased him in just over five innings. In his four outings against them last year, the Miller only threw 22 innings, for an average of five and a half per start.