Tonight was the long-anticipated (and for some, long-feared) return of Shelby Miller to the starting rotation after Tommy John surgery last spring. Aaaaand...yeah. It didn’t go all that well. Miller’s fastball command was iffy, but aside from a solo shot to Justin Bour in the first, he was reasonably effective through his first two. He gave up another run in the third on three hits, but entered the fourth inning with the lead, thanks to a Jake Lamb dinger in the first and two runs from the bottom of the order in the second (including, it should be mentioned, an RBI sacrifice fly by Miller himself to help the cause).
Sadly, however, the wheels really came off for Shelby in the fourth, in part thanks to some unfortunate and badly-timed strike zone whimsy from home plate umpire Adam Hamari, and Miller wound up leaving with two outs in the inning, for a pitching line of 6H, 2BB 5K, 5R and 5ER in 3 1/3IP.
His was perhaps not the worst pitching performace of the night for the Diamondbacks, though, as Braden Shipley let the first six batters he faced in the eighth inning reach, resulting in four more Marlins runs. The Diamondbacks’ offense showed a bit of spark in the top of the ninth, pulling us within four, but we came up short.
Full recap to follow in a bit.