Miller credits Dodgers for hitting good pitches

Miller credits Dodgers for hitting good pitches

LOS ANGELES -- The numbers would suggest that Shelby Miller did not have a good outing Tuesday night, but the D-backs' right-hander said that was more due to the hot-hitting of the Dodgers, who beat the D-backs, 5-2, at Dodger Stadium.

Miller (2-11) allowed five runs (four earned) on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Digging a little deeper into the numbers, Statcast™ showed that eight of the balls the Dodgers put in play had exit velocities of 100-plus mph and Miller got just four swings and misses.

"I felt pretty good," Miller said. "I thought I made a lot of good pitches that they got hits on. I think they were pretty aggressive right out of the first inning. I threw what I thought were some pretty good cutters. I went back and looked at some of them and they were pretty good pitches. They just found some gaps today."

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The Dodgers scored single runs in each of the first two innings and three in the third.

"I don't know if the sequences were bad or just the stuff was a little flat," Miller said. "I don't know what it was. I felt like we made some good pitches that they just found some hits on."

This season has been a struggle for Miller, who was acquired by the D-backs in a blockbuster trade with the Braves in December.

"Just kind of tired of losing," Miller said. "Just not going good right now. I'm not worried about stuff-wise, just more worried about the outcome. Just trying to go out there and give our team an opportunity to win every time and it hasn't been going the way I've wanted it to."

Expected to be the team's No. 2 starter behind Zack Greinke, Miller was optioned to Triple-A Reno at the All-Star break with a 7.14 ERA.

After seven weeks in the Minors, Miller was recalled and pitched well against the Giants last Wednesday, allowing just two runs over six innings.

"We really felt like him giving us a good outing tonight and leading us to a victory would have been a big step," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "But you've got to give them credit. They're swinging the bats really well. They did a good job staying back up the middle and hitting those gaps. They got the five runs, but I thought he battled through, and the fourth inning was probably his best."

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.