Shelby Miller not ‘efficient’ as Diamondbacks fall to Angels

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Shelby Miller not ‘efficient’ as Diamondbacks fall to Angels

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Shelby Miller not ‘efficient’ as Diamondbacks fall to Angels

Angels 4, Diamondbacks 2

At Salt River Fields

On the mound: Struggling to command his fastball, RHP Shelby Miller was able to get through just 4 1/3 innings despite throwing 94 pitches. “I probably wasted 10 pitches on heaters I just missed up that I was trying to go down and away with,” Miller said. “It wasn’t efficient at all.” He said he felt good about the way he threw his cutter and curveball, and his fastball velocity remained strong, sitting in the mid-90s as it has throughout the spring. “Talking to (pitching coach Mike Butcher) and some of the other guys, I think my stuff now is better than my best stuff last year,” Miller said. “… As far as stuff-wise and how I feel physically and where I’m at right now, I’m definitely ready for the season.”

At the plate: The Diamondbacks’ everyday players had just two hits against the Angels, with 1B Paul Goldschmidt and LF Daniel Descalso each contributing a single. Miller had the club’s only extra-base hit of the day, a double to deep center in the third inning. “Offensively we’re not clicking right now,” manager Torey Lovullo said.

Extra bases: CF A.J. Pollock made an impressive catch to end the top of the sixth inning, tracking down a deep drive by RF Kole Calhoun before crashing into the wall in center field. “Great play by him,” Lovullo said. “Probably battling a little bit of the sun, the wall, on the dead run, turned with timing. Everything worked out very well.” Miller said he was battling a blister on his left foot, he said. “Something I’ll need to wrap up pregame so it doesn’t become an issue,” he said. “It’s not affecting me at all.”

Tuesday’s game: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke vs. Mariners RHP Felix Hernandez, 1:10 p.m., Peoria Sports Complex.

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