Baltimore Orioles

John Smoltz Redeems Himself Against Orioles

ATLANTA - JUNE 26:  Pitcher John Smoltz #29 of the Boston Red Sox enjoys a laugh during pregame warmups before facing the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on June 26, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Amanda BrunoCorrespondent IJuly 1, 2009
After giving up four first inning runs against the Washington Nationals on June 25, John Smoltz rightly redeemed himself tonight against the Baltimore Orioles before his outing was cut short due to an hour and 11 minute rain delay at Camden Yards. 
Smoltz pitched four innings deep until the tarp had to be pulled in the bottom of the fifth. He gave up three hits, one run, one walk, and had two strikeouts. His earned run average dropped from 9.00 to 6.00.
He could have easily kept going, but why risk another injury just for a "W" in the personal win column? Smoltz would rather have the team win—as some Red Sox fans noted.
So with a second start under his belt, it's more safe to say that Sox fans should be relieved that Smoltz came out shining tonight. He also got some major run support, courtesy of a Kevin Youkilis home run in the first and Jacoby Ellsbury going yard in the fourth.
And who would have thought that Julio Lugo started the whole rally batting leadoff?
With Smoltz in the rotation mix (for now), this could possible one of the deadliest current rotations in the major league: Josh Beckett, Jon Lester, Tim Wakefield, Brad Penny, and Smoltz.
That's pretty ridiculous.
What's more ridiculous is Clay Buchholz eating up innings down in Triple-A Pawtucket, but that's a whole other discussion.
Follow Batter-up with Bruno on Twitter

Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices