Alexander Smit Dispatches - back at Beloit
Smit suited up for the Beloit Snappers (that's a grim faced turtle, apparently)for the second season in a row. The lefty Dutch pitcher had a rough first couple of months in 2005 and wound up back at Elizabethton in the Appy League. He will want to hold his own in the Midwest League this season.
Smit got to see his first action on 8 April in Beloit's second game - a 4-2 extra inning loss. He entered the game in the top of the 7th with the Snappers 2-0 ahead. After a fly out to center, Smit allowed an infield hit and the batter, Patrick Reilly, advanced to second when the ball was thrown away. Reilly stole third and scored on a sac fly. A strike out ended the inning and Smit's appearance.
A couple of days later, Smit appeared in another Snappers loss - 7-2 to Wisconsin - and again gave up an unearned run. In this outing, he pitched an inning and a third allowing a lead off double and a couple of walks. The run was a result of his own throwing error on an attempted pickoff. That run scored after he left the game on a wild pitch.
The young Dutchman's early season struggles continued in the third game of the Wisconsin series on 12 April (report). Smit pitched two innings giving up 3 runs (1 unearned) on three hits, a walk, an error and a wild pitch.
This last Saturday Smit pitched the last inning against Burlington. Facing eight batters, Smit walked five and conceded a hit as he was tagged for three more runs completing an 8-0 drubbing for Beloit.
In the first week and a bit of the season, Smit's posted some crooked numbers - 8 runs (5 earned), 6 hits and 8 walks in just 5 innings.