St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller pitches virtual Perfect Game

  • David Whitlock
Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP

Shelby Miller completes the game with 1 hit
Credit: Jeff Roberson/AP

Twenty-seven up, twenty-seven down. The definition of a perfect game.  Unfortunately, if a leadoff single preceded the 27 outs, the record books won’t record it.

Shelby Miller of the St. Louis Cardinals gave up a clean single to Eric Young Jr. (nobody in the crowd even batted an eyelash at the time), then did not allow another man on base for his first career complete game in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rockies.  He threw 113 pitches in total.

Miller has been one of the surprise reasons that the St. Louis Cardinals are in first place in the National League Central.  The 22-year old presumptive star sits at 5-2, with a 1.58 ERA, leading his team to an early 3 game lead, and a run differential only exceeded by the Detroit Tigers.

Everyone, including myself, cast skepticism on the Cards without ace Chris Carpenter and closer Jason Motte.  Fear not, the Cardinals always reload.

-David Whitlock @lhd_on_sports

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David Whitlock

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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