Originally Posted by mace
Josh Smith gave up only one earned run in six innings, but Bakersfield came up short, 4-3. Travis Mattair was 3-4 and Theo Bowe 2-5, both with doubles.
Even though he has performed well at every level and has always been old for his league, the Reds have been reluctant to move Smith up more than one level per year. I saw him pitch once this year and thought his velocity was low (below 90 on the scoreboard).
I guess it is just as well that he finishes the year in Bakersfield. The Blaze really need pitching if they are to advance in the playoffs. With Robles hurt and Sharky moved up, they have only two reliable starters in Crabbe and Smith.