Alexander Smit Dispatches - "Swing batter!"
Smit's success as starter continues. He worked through a tough first inning, conceding a run on two walks, a stolen base, single and sac fly. Thereafter, he allowed just one hit and no further walks. He was dominant, retiring 12 batters in a row from the first to two out in the fifth when a batter reached on shortstop Toby Gardenhire's error. Smit fanned five in a row at one stage. His 12 Ks sets a club high for the season.
Last year Smit struck out an average of 12.3 batters per 9 innings in 96 innings split between Beloit and Elizabethton. In 2006, he's not quite on the same pace, but 98 whiffs in 77.1 innings is still good for 11.4 per 9. That's not bad for a guy who tops out at 92mph.
In each of his eight starts, Smit has made it to the fifth inning and has now extended his streak of going to the sixth to 6 games.