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Shelby Miller is strong against Round Rock

Cardinals top pitching prospect Shelby Miller showed some strong signs of life Monday night with a dominating seven-inning performance against Round Rock.

Miller allowed eight hits and two runs while issuing no free passes and striking out eight. The biggest blemish on Miller's box score was a solo homer he gave up in first inning. It was the 20th longball the righthander has given up in 2012. The good showing improved his record to 6-9 for the season and lowered his ERA to 5.44.

Not so hot for the Cardinals organization is the fact that once dominant reliever Eduardo Sanchez was terrible in relief Monday night.

Sanchez faced three hitters, allowing hits to two and walking the other guy. One of the hits was a two-run homer that made the game too close for comfort. But Jess Todd pitched a scoreless inning of relief before demoted St. Louis reliever Victor Marte nailed the save and the Redbirds beat Round Rock 5-4.

With the lousy performance Sanchez's ERA climbed to 6.35. 

Catcher Steven Hill was the hitting star for the Redbirds with a homer in three at-bats. Top hitting prospect Matt Adams did not play.

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