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MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - INSIDE PITCH
At age 22 and in his first full major league season, Shelby Miller was expected to experience some road blocks in his development in 2013.
His response to those impediments is telling for the 6-foot-3 right-hander.
Miller showed something Wednesday when he shook off his worst start of the season to shut down the Angels. He pitched six sharp innings in the Cardinals' 12-2 win in Anaheim.
Miller yielded five hits and two walks while striking out six. It was a huge improvement over the previous time he pitched, when he couldn't make it out of the second inning and was tagged for five runs in a 6-1 loss to the A's last Friday.
"A lot of good things happened today with Shelby getting back on the horse and making some real good pitches," manager Mike Matheny said. "I know he made some minor adjustments that made things really fall into place and feel right. I know that was a big day for him. And for all of us."
Miller was the beneficiary of the Cardinals' seven-run rally in the second inning, which gave him an early cushion.
"That's just what our offense does," Miller said. "We go out there and put up runs, and they do damage. It's good to get a cushion, but at the same time, you still have to act like it's a 0-0 ballgame and don't lose too much focus. I went out there and gave up two runs right after that. That was a mistake curveball that I just hung. It's one of the mistakes that they got tonight. But it's amazing what our offense can do. They can put up runs quick."
MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won one
PAST 10 GAMES: 3-7
NEXT: Cardinals (Adam Wainwright, 11-5, 2.22) at Angels (Joe Blanton, 2-10, 5.07)
--CF Jon Jay completed his 226th consecutive errorless game, tying the Cardinals' record for outfielders, set by Curt Flood from 1965-67. Jay has the longest active errorless streak among major league center fielders. He also went 2-for-6 with a homer and three RBIs.
--LF Matt Holliday did not play against the Angels for the second day in a row because of a stiff neck. Holliday, who is hitting .263 (5-for-19) on the current trip, is still day-to-day.
--2B Matt Carpenter had three hits, including his eighth home run of the season, scored three runs and drove in three runs in the Cardinals' 12-2 win over the Angels on Wednesday, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. He is 21-for-54 (.389) with three homers and 10 RBIs during the streak.
--RHP Shelby Miller gave up two runs and five hits in six innings to earn his ninth win of the year Wednesday against the Angels. The win snapped Miller's personal two-game losing streak.
--RHP Adam Wainwright will make his 18th start of the season Thursday against the Angels. He went 4-2 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts in June, earning NL Pitcher of the Month honors. Thursday's start will be the first in his career against the Angels.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's amazing what our offense can do. They can put up runs quick." -- RHP Shelby Miller, after a seven-run second inning powered the Cardinals to a 12-2 rout of the Angels.
MLB Team Report - St. Louis Cardinals - ROSTER REPORT
--LF Matt Holliday (back and neck stiffness) did not play July 2-3. He's day-to-day.
--LHP John Gast (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 26.
--LHP Jaime Garcia (left shoulder strain) went on the 15-day disabled list May 18, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 30. He was diagnosed with a torn labrum, and he underwent season-ending surgery May 24.
--RHP Jason Motte (muscle flexor strain in right elbow) went on the 15-day disabled list March 22, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 14. He had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 7.
--SS Rafael Furcal (Tommy John surgery in March 2013) went on the 15-day disabled list March 20, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on May 3. He is out for the season.
--RHP Chris Carpenter (nerve problem in right shoulder) went on the 60-day disabled list Feb. 22. He threw about 25 pitches in a side session May 29 and reported no pain in his right arm. He experienced tightness in his back after throwing an extended bullpen session June 17 and curtailed workouts for a few days before he resumed throwing.
RHP Adam Wainwright
RHP Jake Westbrook
RHP Lance Lynn
RHP Shelby Miller
RHP Edward Mujica (closer)
RHP Trevor Rosenthal
LHP Randy Choate
RHP Joe Kelly
RHP Seth Maness
RHP Keith Butler
LHP Kevin Siegrist
RHP Michael Blazek
1B Allen Craig
2B Daniel Descalso
SS Pete Kozma
3B David Freese
INF Matt Adams
INF Matt Carpenter
INF Ty Wigginton
LF Matt Holliday
CF Jon Jay
RF Carlos Beltran
OF Shane Robinson