Miller Has Control But Routed In AFL

Perhaps the most important project of the Arizona Fall League season as far as the Dodgers are concerned is to try to solve whatever is causing Greg Miller's failure to have his pitches arrive in the strike zone often enough. If that can be accomplished satisfactorily, the team could have a major candidate for a starting job next spring.

Miller wound up this recently completed season tied in the department of dubious distinction of leading all the minors in issuing bases on balls with 89. So, when he made his first AFL start Friday, they may have been fairly pleased even though the total results were anything but pretty.

Miller got the starting assignment for the Peoria Saguaros and worked two innings in which he issued just one walk while striking out three. Encouraging, for sure. However, he was pounded for six hits and four runs during that span as the Saguaros fell to their cross-complex rivals, the Peoria Javelinas, 8-3.

Two other Dodger pitchers also appeared with better results as both held the Javelinas scoreless. Justin Orenduff went two in which he gave up two hits, didn't walk anybody and struck one one. Wesley Wright went one, allowing one hit, walked two and fanned one.

Shortstop Chin-Lung Hu contributed two singles while Blake DeWitt was the designated hitter, lining a single.

In the Hawaii Winter League, Kyle Wilson pitched two good innings in West Oahu's 5-0 loss to North Shore. Wilson was reached for two hits, no runs, didn't walk anybody and chalked up one strikeout. However, that still left his ERA at a huge 17.05.