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Wade Miley goes five innings, strikes out eight hitters


Patrick Corbin he is not, but Wade Miley acquitted himself nicely as the Opening Day starter for the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Facing the Los Angeles Dodgers in game one of the Opening Series in Sydney, Australia, Miley went five innings. He got himself into a couple jams and was able to mostly limit the damage, save for two swings from Scott Van Slyke.

Miley got a lot of outs with his slider, striking out eight batters. Perhaps his most important offering came on his final out of the night when he struck out Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded in the top of the 5th inning.

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Miley ended the night with 80 pitches, but with the Diamondbacks in need of offense and looking to the long season that lies ahead, the team opted not to stretch him out any further and pinch hit for him in the bottom of the 5th. That leaves the rest of the game to the bullpen and to the Arizona offense to find a way to generate some runs against Clayton Kershaw.

See more coverage of the Australia Opening Series on FanSided.

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