July 22, 2014

Miller’s dominance of Brewers continues

22-year old rookie pitcher Shelby Miller (13-9) held the Milwaukee Brewers scoreless

Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is congratulated by teammates following his outing. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller is congratulated by teammates following his outing. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

into the 7th, leading the St. Louis Cardinals to a 4-2 win in their series opener at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night.

Miller allowed 5-hits with 4-strikeouts and 2 walks in 6 2/3 innings, improving to 3-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four starts against Brewers this season.

Wily Peralta had struggled against the Cardinals in two previous starts this season, but last night, he was dialed in as well.  Peralta was pitching no-hit ball into the 6th when Matt Holliday clubbed a 2-run homer to break it up.  Peralta (9-15) allowed 3 runs and 3 hits with 7 strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings.

The Brewers avoided the shutout when pinch-hitter Logan Schafer clubbed a 2-run homer off of Edward Mujica in the 9th.

Scooter Gennett also had two hits for the Brewers, increasing his average .394 on the season.

The Cardinals have won 11 of their last 14 and have a 1-game lead on the Pittsburgh Pirates atop the NL Central.  The Pirates beat Texas 5-4 last night.