Drew Miller tosses seven no-hit innings

Fort Wayne Wizards right-hander Drew Miller, ranked as the 19th best prospect in the San Diego Padres' system by MadFriars.com coming into the year, pitched seven no-hit innings on Tuesday and his club won a 1-0 game over Quad Cities. MadFriars.com caught up with Miller after the game to discuss his outing.

Talk a little bit about the game today – what was working for you?

Drew Miller: Everything was – my fastball, curveball, changeup – everything was working real well.

Early on in the season you had been pulled a little bit earlier than you may have liked – what changed, perhaps this week, that has you feeling so good on the mound?

Drew Miller: It is kind of an advantage getting to see the team you are facing three days in a row and just learning from my last outing, correcting what I had done wrong from earlier in the year and going from there.

Eleven strikeouts was a career-high for you at the professional level – do you remember the last time that happened?

Drew Miller: It was in college but I don't remember exactly when.

How do you build upon an outing like this because you don't want to be overconfident yet there is plenty to like?

Drew Miller: I want to try and go out with the same approach as I did today. Go out and have strike one and go from there. Do whatever the hitter is telling me – if it means throwing a changeup as I had or throwing a curveball as I had.

On a day like today, could you feel the rapport with catcher Brian Hernandez?

Drew Miller: Yes – we were in tune together. I would be holding the pitch I wanted to throw and he would call it. It made it really easy. Knowing that me and the catcher were on the same page was a nice feeling.

How tough is it on you when the sixth inning comes around and you realize that a no-hitter is in progress?

Drew Miller: You start knowing what is going on but you are so focused on the game that you really don't pay much attention. You are really working on getting people out and if you give up that hit it really doesn't matter because your defense is going to work for you and you have to continue making your pitches.

You went 3-2 to one hitter all day – the guy you walked. Still, it had to feel pretty good that they were swinging at pitches and swinging and missing.

Drew Miller: I got lucky on a couple of pitches. I made some bad pitches and they missed them. I had to come back with a better pitch and luckily they missed them. It is as much the hitter as it is me.


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