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Wade Miley, Caleb Joseph Team Up For Successful Start

April 21, 2017
CINCINNATI -- Wade Miley pitched a fabulous game for the Orioles against the Reds April 20 but didn't get the win.
 
Miley allowed one run, on Cincinnati first baseman Joey Votto's fourth-inning home run, and an eighth-inning double to shortstop Zack Cozart.
 
The left-hander, who equaled his career high with 11 strikeouts, was taken out after eight innings with the game tied 1-1. The Orioles won 2-1 in 10 innings.
 
"He's making the ball go both ways, and commanding the fastball is where it all starts and ends," manager Buck Showalter said. "There wasn't one pitch they could take out of the repertoire."
 
Miley, who walked seven in five innings in his first start April 9 and followed it with six strong innings in Toronto April 14, liked how he threw.
 
"I had pretty good fastball command, away, in. I was able to move it around," Miley said. "Breaking ball stuff really wasn't there. I wasn't able to use the slider as much as normal, but we mixed it in here and there, but the fastball command, I think it worked out where we wanted it to be. I was able to go down and away, move it up and in."
 
In all three of his starts, Miley's catcher has been Caleb Joseph.
 
"Caleb did an outstanding job game-planning," Miley said. "I didn't shake him one time. Everything was crisp. He just knew where we wanted to go, and I was able to execute."
 
Despite Miley's comfort level with Joseph, Showalter said he dislikes the idea of personal catchers.
 
"That's not going to develop here. Just won't happen. Won't let it happen," Showalter said. "Not going to have a pitcher come in and tell me who they want to throw to. That hasn't happened.
 
"I've seen that in the past with teams, and that's not going to happen. That's a recipe for excuses."
 
Of the Orioles' first 14 games, Joseph has only started three. Because the Orioles are playing nine consecutive games for the first time this season, Showalter said he's planning to give starting catcher Welington Castillo more time off and more starts for Joseph.
 
"Caleb needs to catch and stay connected with that, too," Showalter said. "You're a foul tip away from him catching a lot more than once a week."
 
Joseph made it easy for Miley.
 
"Not to knock at Welington. I've thrown to him. He's outstanding as well," Miley said. "Something about Caleb from spring training. I don't know what it was. I know he works hard back there for me. We've got a good thing going right now.
 
"As a pitcher, you've got a catcher back there working really hard for you, and you see that. You kind of build off of that, build off the energy you see him giving, and you go from there."
 
Joseph caught Miley only once last season. On Sept. 18, Miley threw four shutout innings, allowing one hit against Tampa Bay before leaving the game with a cramp.
 
It's apparent the two work well together.
 
"Two good looking guys, you really can't go wrong with that," Joseph said.
 
But Joseph wants to catch other pitchers, not just Miley.
 
"I'm not sure this is going to be a staple. Obviously, Buck has confidence in all of us to catch everyone, but I do enjoy catching Wade," Joseph said. "I like the way he works and I having the weapons. I think it's broadening what he can do on the mound. There's books out and with all the technology and all the information, you kind of get a sense of how pitchers are and how they like to work."