I’m not especially desirous to see John Smoltz fail; I’m fascinated by the story more than anything. Smoltz, after 20 years with the Atlanta Braves, just up-and-left after the Red Sox offered him both a competitive one-year deal and two months during the season to recover from last year’s shoulder surgery. They were willing to wait for Smoltz to get healthy and return. And they’re still waiting.
Smoltz was lit up in a big divisional game that was surely among the worst of his 474 career starts: nine hits, eight runs (all earned) and four walks led to Smoltz getting pulled in the fourth. The Yankees went on to win, 13-6.
“This is a result-oriented business,” said Smoltz. “This is an organization that expects high standards and I expect them of myself. I’ll be the first to say that these last few games — they all haven’t been like this. This is probably the worst result game that I’ve pitched. You don’t want to do it here.”
Meanwhile, the Nationals won their fifth straight came, coming from behind to beat Florida 12-8. Elijah Dukes had 4 RBIs, including a solo shot in the seventh. The Marlins, hoping to gain ground in their race in the AL East, got swept and now find themselves only a half-game in front of the Braves.The Nats host Arizona–another struggling team that’s on a five-game win streak of their own–this weekend.