Shelby Miller Snaps 24 Game Winless Streak, Braves Take Game 1, 6-0


Shelby Miller‘s long streak of winless start has come to an end, as the Atlanta Braves shutout the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader by a final score 6-0. It was the second consecutive shutout by the Atlanta Braves against St. Louis.

Shelby Miller’s last victory came on May 17th against the Miami Marlins, where he lost a no-hitter with 2 outs left in the bottom of the ninth inning. Miller pitched a gem in Sunday’s Game 1 against his former team, going 8.0 innings while shutting out the Cardinals, allowing only 3 hits and striking out 7.

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After a year of frustration and disappointment, Shelby Miller was finally able to earn his 6th win of the year in his final start. Shelby Miller had looked fatigued over the course of this last few starts, but seemed to look energized on Sunday when going against his old ball-club.

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The Atlanta Braves offense also looked really good all day long, finally providing Shelby Miller with significant run support. The Braves got off to an early lead in the bottom of the 1st inning, as Nick Markakis singled home Michael Bourn to give the Bravos a 1-0 lead. Cameron Maybin increased the lead in the 1st, singling home Nick Markakis to make the score 2-0.

Shelby Miller had a rare early lead, and played superbly with the runs he was the given. Two runs is a lot for when Shelby Miller was on the mound in 2015, but he got even more in Game 1. Super-sub Adonis Garcia, starting at 3B, hit a pair of solo homers in the 4th and 6th innings to back up Shelby Miller, giving the Atlanta Braves a 4-0 lead. Garcia is the first rookie since Evan Gattis to have 1o or more homers in their rookie season. 

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Andrelton Simmons joined the hit parade in the bottom of the 7th, hitting a 2-run homer to centerfield, scoring Pedro Ciriaco to give Shelby Miller and the Atlanta Braves a 6-0 lead. Six runs in a game started by Shelby Miller is incredibly rare, so as a Braves’ fan, it is great to finally see Shelby break his winless streak and go into the offseason on a high note.

The Atlanta Braves will go for a clean sweep of the best team in the majors later this afternoon as Matt Wisler faces off against Lance Lynn as both teams end their regular seasons in Game 2 of the doubleheader. Go Braves! 

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