Boston Red Sox pitcher John Smoltz pitched in his second outing of the year last night; but his start was overshadowed by the fact that the Sawks gave up a nine-run lead and lost, 11-10. To the friggin’ Orioles, further cementing Smoltz’s reputation as a black cat running under a ladder on Friday the 13th while knocking over a mirror. From Y! Sports:
Baltimore trailed 10-1 before scoring five runs in the seventh inning and five more in the eighth. The rally was even more shocking because it came against a Boston team that had defeated the Orioles eight straight times, including five this season.[…]
“We just had no answer,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. “We went through everybody. Nothing we did worked.”
Smoltz was off the hook for the decision, having been pulled before the requisite five innings due to a 71-minute rain delay. I understand that Smoltz spent the rest of the game in a rocking chair, knitting a sweater and sniffing paint thiner. Isn’t that ridiculous? Who’s gonna wear a sweater in July?