Loe continues to shine in relief

Loe continues to shine in relief

ST. LOUIS -- Milwaukee reliever Kameron Loe continued his remarkable season Thursday night with 1 2/3 innings of shutdown pitching against St. Louis.

It was just the latest successful outings for Loe, who has given up one run all season in 18 1/3 innings.

The emergence of Loe has helped steady the bullpen, providing a reliable setup man to closer John Axford.

Considering manager Ken Macha had no idea what to expect when Loe was brought up in June from Triple-A Nashville, the reliever has been a welcome surprise.

"I had seen him pitch in Texas, he had pitched some good games against us when I was with the A's," Macha said. "But he was a starter then, so how guys transition into being relievers, you just don't know."

The key for Loe has been commanding his sinking fastball.

Standing at 6 feet 8, Loe's sinker -- called a "turbo sinker" by Cardinals manager Tony La Russa -- has been almost impossible for hitters to drive, with Loe giving up eight hits this season and zero home runs.

"The way his ball is sinking -- I brought him in Florida and I thought they were sliders, diving down breaking balls," Macha said. "But that is his fastball."

"He has been quite a find."