Red Sox reliever Andrew Miller was the target of criticism from ESPN analyst Orel Hershiser during Sunday night's game, as Hershiser took exception with Miller chuckling in the dugout after allowing a double and being lifted in the eighth inning.
Miller explained after the game that he was responding to a wisecrack about his pitch selection from backup catcher Kelly Shoppach, and he did not care for Hershiser's comment that the reliever's reaction was indicative of the Red Sox' poor team chemistry.
"That's what good teammates do," Miller said, according to the Providence Journal . "I'm not going to get all upset and drown in my sorrows right there. I remember talking to Aaron [Cook] and to Shop -- and that's what good teammates do. They're trying to keep it light and loose. It's out of my control from that point on. To me, that's kind of odd, something that [Hershiser] would point out right there. To me, that's kind of the opposite of what you want. I appreciate guys being there for me.
"We're a group that likes each other. Watching the end of the game, we're having a good time. Obviously, we're not winning as much as we'd like, per se, but we've got a group that gets along, and we've got the pieces to be a good team."
After Miller left the mound, Alfredo Aceves came on and allowed a game-tying RBI single to Russell Martin. The Sox rebounded to win the game in 10 innings.
Miller has pitched well this season, recording a 2.81 ERA with 30 strikeouts and seven walks in 25 2/3 innings. He's stranded 24 of 27 inherited runners.
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