Wade Miley

Wade Miley, Matt Barnes highlight Red Sox victory over Cardinals

John Tomase
March 09, 2015 - 12:25 pm

JUPITER, Fla. -- Wade Miley got his work in and right-hander Matt Barnes continued to impress in an otherwise nondescript 3-0 victory over the Cardinals on Monday. Miley tossed three shutout innings, but he wasn't exactly sharp, allowing three hits and two walks, along with two strikeouts. "It's still getting there," Miley said of his arm strength. "It's still early. We've got time. It's close. Very close." The left-hander threw everything except his curveball and felt that he kept the ball down, for the most part. He saluted catcher Christian Vazquez for being a leader behind the plate. "Vazquey, I can't say enough good things about him," Miley said. "He cares a lot about the staff. He's been communicating with me since the day I got traded. He was one of the first guys I heard from. We've been in contact, and it's been the same way when I got here. He wants to pick my brain and I want to pick his. The sooner you get on the same page, the better off you are." Otherwise, the standout performer was Barnes, the hard-throwing righty from UConn who struck out three in two shutout innings, allowing one hit, to earn the save. Barnes was facing mostly minor leaguers by the end, but he still made effective use of his curveball for two strikeouts. "I mean, how can you not like the stuff?" manager John Farrell said. "It's premium stuff that he's shown in two outings. He got his first taste of pitching out of the bullpen last September and that's not to say we're looking to change his role and how we view him. We'll take it as it comes right now." Farrell reiterated that the Red Sox still consider Barnes a starter, and will continue stretching him out that way.