Miles Mikolas is one of four key members of the St. Louis Cardinals who are currently competing in the World Baseball Classic with Team USA.
He is joined by Adam Wainwright, Nolan Arenado, and reigning National League MVP Paul Goldschmidt.
After Lance Lynn gave Team USA five innings of one-run ball, making the team’s early runs stand up, Mikolas entered the game and pitched the final two innings.
The game ultimately ended early by virtue of the WBC’s mercy rule.
Mikolas pitched two scoreless innings and allowed just three hits, striking out two batters without allowing a walk.
On Twitter, Bally Sports Midwest, the TV home of the Cardinals, posted a graphic featuring Mikolas’ final stats from the game.
A strong relief outing by Mikolas in Team USA's blowout victory over Canada. #STLCards pic.twitter.com/k64QVAdG5Q
— Bally Sports Midwest (@BallySportsMW) March 14, 2023
Like the rest of Team USA, Mikolas was on point on Monday night.
After a nine-run first inning, the Americans added three more runs and shut down the offense of Team Canada.
And Mikolas played a huge role in Team USA ultimately finishing the job against Canada.
The only offense Canada mustered was a home run off of Lynn in the top of the second by Chicago Cubs prospect Jared Young.
Mikolas was the Cardinals’ most dependable starting pitcher last season.
The veteran right-hander won 12 games and posted an ERA of 3.29.
So far, he has looked good in both spring training games and in the WBC, which has to have the Cardinals feeling good about things.
Mikolas is a free agent at the end of the season, and the Cardinals may look to offer him a contract extension before that happens.NEXT: Cardinals Insider Reveals Tommy Edman Update