Altuve's opponent in his second at-bat of the game, Miller also threw a magnificent inning, even though he was touched up for one hit and issued a walk.
Miller came into the game riding a hot arm, one that had garnered some talks of a possible promotion later this season, straight past Triple-A to the big league squad. He clearly had a lot of pressure on him, but came out looking great.
He showed some hesitancy against his first opposing batter, Rays farmhand Hak-Ju Lee, one of the hottest hitters in the minors, working his way into a 3-and-1 count. He calmed down and got Lee looking with a 91 mph fastball on the outside corner, before putting him away with another fastball, this one at 92 mph, to record his first out.
Miller fed Lee nothing but six consecutive fastballs, ranging in speed from 90-93 mph.
Starling Marte was his next victim. Marte got caught looking at a first-pitch curveball, Miller's first breaking ball of the day, for strike one. Miller came back with a 93 mph fastball, high and inside, that Marte drove into the ground right in front of the plate. Catcher Devin Mesoraco scooped it up and threw out Marte and first base.
Miller ran into some trouble against the spark-plug Altuve, surrendering his first base hit and Altuve's second. He did, however, throw his first changeup in this at-bat, and it was a filthy pitch that caught the Astros prospect off-guard for a strike.
Miller then engaged with Red prospect Yonder Alonso, a guy who could arguably be in the Majors for any other team besides Cincinnati, in a seven-pitch at-bat. Miller threw him five fastballs, one changeup and one curveball, the latter of which looked very good, before missing just high and away to send Alonso to first base with his second walk, and Miller's first.
That brought Dayan Viciedo to the plate with men on first and second and two outs. After taking a first-pitch fastball for strike one, Viciedo took a hack at a 78 mph curveball, but couldn't get enough on it, grounding out to Manny Machado, who tossed to Jason Kipnis covering second for the force out.
In all, Miller threw 20 pitches, 12 for strikes. His fastball looked great, his changeup amazing and his curveball serviceable.