ST. LOUIS — Shelby Miller gave up a single to start the game then nothing else. Not a walk or a hit batter. No one even reached on an error.
The St. Louis Cardinals rookie was perfect after that leadoff single by Eric Young Jr., retiring 27 in a row for his first career complete game, 3-0 over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night.
“I feel really good,” Miller said. “It’s definitely the best game I’ve thrown in my life. How it finished was unbelievable. It was a great experience. Yadi (catcher Yadier Molina) was calling a great game and they were making great plays for me. It was a start I’ll remember the rest of my life.”
Miller (5-2) struck out Young to end it with his 13th K, tying a Cardinals rookie record.
Young felt fortunate just to reach base at all.
“It was a jam shot and I just put it in a good location,” Young said. “I was just fortunate enough to find grass.
“He was working both sides of the plate, using his fastball. He had great command,” Young added. “His battery mate back there is obviously one of the best game. It was a good combo for them.”
Miller agreed with Young’s assessment of Molina.
“I say it time and time again, what Yadi calls, I throw,” Miller said. “He was calling the right thing all night. He’s done a terrific job all year and he’s helping me out tremendously. I’m happy he’s my catcher, that’s for sure.”