Miller (5-6) allowed four runs on two hits and a walk while striking out one in one-third of an inning to take the loss against the Cubs on Friday. Miller also hit a batter. It was a horrendous start to what became a seven-run inning after Ryan Helsley had no better luck containing the Cubs' offense. Miller has now allowed five runs in his last two appearances, raising his ERA for the year to 4.50 with a 1.31 WHIP.
Miller struck out two batters in one inning against Arizona on Tuesday but he was charged with a blown save due to allowing a game-tying solo home run. Miler was summoned in the ninth inning to protect a one-run lead but couldn't come through, serving up a solo shot to Ildemaro Vargas to push the game into extra innings. It was Miller's fifth blown save in 11 opportunities this season, though he does rank second in the National League with 28 holds.
Miller allowed a hit in a scoreless ninth inning Sunday, striking out one batter and earning the save over the Cubs. Miller allowed a two-out single to Jason Heyward but still managed to close things out with relative ease for his first save since Aug. 19. He blew his first two save opportunities this month but has snagged six holds, giving him 28 on the year.
Miller (5-5) was credited with the win in an extra-inning victory over the Cubs on Thursday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning during which he didn't allow any hits or walks and did not record a strikeout. Miller was called on to snuff out a Carlos Martinez-authored threat in the bottom of the ninth, and he was mostly effective in doing so. The veteran southpaw did surrender an RBI groundout to Jason Heyward that knotted the game at 4-4 , a run charged to Martinez. By subsequently inducing an inning-ending flyout from Nico Hoerner, Miller indirectly positioned himself as the pitcher of record and subsequently notched his first victory since July 26, a string of 19 appearances prior to Friday. It's been an eventful month for Miller, who's recorded five holds and Thursday's win but also allowed five runs (four earned) across 5.2 innings over eight September appearances.
Miller was credited with his 25th hold in a win over the Rockies on Thursday, firing a scoreless two-thirds of an inning during which he issued a walk, uncorked a wild pitch, hit a batter and recorded two strikeouts. Miller's rather eventful scoreless relief outing nevertheless garnered him yet another hold, although he needed Carlos Martinez to bail him out of a mess after the closer came on with two on and one out in the seventh. Miller put Nolan Arenado and Charlie Blackmon on base via a walk and hit by pitch, then advanced both runners courtesy of a wild pitch. The veteran southpaw may already have three holds in September, but he's been far from sharp, allowing four earned runs across the two innings he's logged over four appearances.