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Shelby Miller dominates the Rockies in one-hit shutout

May 10, 2013, 11:20 PM EDT

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Cardinals starter Shelby Miller completely outclassed the Rockies’ offense tonight, throwing a one-hit shutout at Busch Stadium. The Rockies entered the night with the National League’s best offense, averaging five runs per game, but after a lead-off single by Eric Young in the first inning, they couldn’t muster any semblance of a threat as the Cardinals went on to win 3-0. Miller, the Cardinals’ first round pick (19th overall) in 2009, retired the final 27 hitters he faced, striking out 13 of them as he lowered his ERA on the season to 1.58.

Miller’s performance adds to the Cardinals’ dominating starting rotation. Their aggregate 2.20 ERA is best in baseball by a long shot, outpacing the Tigers at 3.22. The high-quality innings from the rotation is a welcome sight as the Cardinals bring up the rear in bullpen ERA at 5.14, especially brutal having lost closer Jason Motte for the season to Tommy John surgery.

The Cardinals scored once in the second on a Pete Kozma RBI single, once in the third on a Carlos Beltran home run, and once in the fifth on a Jon Jay sacrifice fly. The win moves the Cardinals to 22-12 and they remain three games ahead of the Reds in the NL Central.

  1. stlunatik - May 10, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Great job Shelby! Keep throwin heat

  2. fearlessleader - May 10, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    One of the best-pitched games I have ever seen from a Cardinal. And he’s the fifth starter.

    • duckthefodgers - May 10, 2013 at 11:44 PM

      Well I seen another fifth starter throw a no hitter, his name is Jonathan Sanchez, have I bummed you yet?

      • tfbuckfutter - May 10, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        Jose Jimenez and Bud Smith anybody?

  3. historiophiliac - May 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    Kozma!

  4. okwhitefalcon - May 10, 2013 at 11:32 PM

    Watched the entire game, the Rocks literally had no chance from the get go – an incredible performance.

    2 years younger than Matt Harvey…

  5. gmenfan1982 - May 10, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    That is an incredible performance. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

    • natslady - May 11, 2013 at 8:06 AM

      Am impressed. Wrote him up on my own blog before he went against the Nats. Was impressed then, still am. (Hope this works.)

      Date	Opp	Rslt	IP	H	ER	BB	SO	HR	ERA	Pit	GSc	WPA
      Apr 6	SFG	W,6-3	5.1	4	2	4	4	1	3.38	95	52	-0.072
      Apr 12	MIL	W,2-0	7.0	1	0	0	8	0	1.46	113	83	0.451
      Apr 17	PIT	L,0-5	6.0	6	2	1	6	0	1.96	98	57	0.017
      Apr 22	WSN	W,3-2	6.2	3	0	2	8	0	1.44	98	70	0.113
      Apr 28	PIT	L,0-9	5.2	7	3	3	7	2	2.05	113	47	0.011
      May 3	MIL	W,6-1	6.0	7	1	1	5	0	1.96	106	58	0.244
      May 10	COL	W,3-0	9.0	1	0	0	13	0	1.58	113	98	0.419
      45.2	29	8	11	51	3	1.58			
      Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
      Generated 5/11/2013.
    • natslady - May 11, 2013 at 8:11 AM
      Date	Opp	Rslt	IP	H	R	BB	SO	HR	ERA	Pit	GSc	WPA
      Apr 6	SFG	W,6-3	5.1	4	2	4	4	1	3.38	95	52	-0.072
      Apr 12	MIL	W,2-0	7	1	0	0	8	0	1.46	113	83	0.451
      Apr 17	PIT	L,0-5	6	6	2	1	6	0	1.96	98	57	0.017
      Apr 22	WSN	W,3-2	6.2	3	2	2	8	0	1.44	98	70	0.113
      Apr 28	PIT	L,0-9	5.2	7	3	3	7	2	2.05	113	47	0.011
      May 3	MIL	W,6-1	6	7	1	1	5	0	1.96	106	58	0.244
      May 10	COL	W,3-0	9	1	0	0	13	0	1.58	113	98	0.419
      			45.2	29	10	11	51	3	1.58			
      
  6. kurukodark - May 11, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Sanchez, is no way near as talented as Miller. Miller will be a #1 starter one day. As for Smith and Jimenez, they were more talented than SAnchez but no where near that of Miller.

  7. paperlions - May 11, 2013 at 10:02 AM

    It was a really impressive performance. Eight of his strikeouts were looking and almost all of them were FBs. Tulo struck out looking in all 3 of his ABs. He was painting the low outside corner to righties all night, and getting lefties looking with high FBs on the inside corner.

    Kudos to Matheny for leaving the kid in to finish it; he was at 104 pitches after 8, finished at 113.

  8. steeldominance - May 11, 2013 at 10:43 AM

    What an amazing performance. If Carp comes back, can we use him as middle relief? It would be hard to replace any of the Cards SP right now.

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