By Eduardo A. Encina
The Baltimore Sun
7:32 AM EDT, September 2, 2014
Left-hander Andrew Miller has pitched well since joining the Orioles just before the nonwaiver trade deadline, but he’s probably glad he has seen the last of the Minnesota Twins this season.
Sometimes certain teams give certain pitchers a difficult time, and that can be said about Miller and Minnesota. Granted, the Twins can score runs, but on paper they’re not much of a match for the lockdown lefty.
Still, Minnesota has had Miller’s number this season. In Sunday’s 6-4 loss to the Twins, Miller entered a tied game with two on and one out set to face two lefties. He immediately allowed a two-run single to Joe Mauer and then an RBI single to Kennys Vargas, giving the Twins a 6-3 lead.
Miller walked off the field gingerly after the inning and was checked out by head trainer Richie Bancells. After the game, Miller said he was fine, his leg just got caught coming off the mound. He said he was more concerned about making better pitches and not any physical issue.
On Saturday, Miller was unable to hold a 2-1 lead in the sixth inning, allowing a game-tying RBI single to Mauer. The Orioles eventually won, 3-2, and Miller was credited with the win.
Before this weekend’s series, Miller had stranded all but two of 30 inherited runners. He allowed three inherited runners to score over his last two outings, both against the Twins.
Back in mid-May while pitching for the Boston Red Sox, Miller was the losing pitcher in a pair of walk-off losses in Minnesota.
On May 13, Miller allowed a two-run homer to Chris Parmelee in the bottom of the ninth inning. Two days later, he allowed a game-winning single to Aaron Hicks in the bottom of the 10th.
Out of 63 relief appearances this season, Miller has allowed an earned run in just 11 games. Three of those games were against the Twins.
In five outings against the Twins this season, Miller has an 8.31 ERA, allowing four runs in 4 1/3 innings against Minnesota. Against all other teams, Miller is 4-3 with a 1.60 ERA (50 2/3 IP, 9 ER).
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