John Smoltz came out for a fourth inning despite having thrown 59 pitches in his rehab start with the Double A Portland Sea Dogs, then finished his night with one pitch, a fly ball to left. Smoltz allowed one earned run on three hits over three innings. In his 60 pitches — 10 more than the planned limit — Smoltz threw 36 strikes. His estimated velocity, based on a MechantAuto.com Stadium (yes, really) scoreboard radar about 5 miles per hour short of the actual speed, has been about 90-92 m.p.h.
Smoltz finished his first inning in 19 pitches,12 for strikes. He allowed one hit, a leadoff single to center by a New Hampshire Fisher Cat named Todd Donovan, and struck out the final two batters of the inning.
Smoltz got through the second inning 1-2-3 despite full counts to the first two batters of the frame. Smoltz threw 16 pitches in the inning, bringing his total to 35.
Smoltz’s biggest trouble came with two outs in the third. He had retired eight in a row, but Donovan came up again and laced a single to right. Adam Calderone followed with a triple to right-center, scoring Donovan. Sea Dogs pitching coach Mike Cather came out to speak with Smoltz, who at that point had thrown 55 pitches.
Smoltz remained in the game and got a fly ball out to left to finish the inning. He received a standing ovation, retired the leadoff batter in the fourth on one pitch, then exited to another standing O.
In Smoltz’s first rehab start with Single A Greenville in Augusta, Ga., he allowed one hit and no runs in three innings while throwing 29 pitches.
The attendance here is 8,903, a record for the stadium. The Sea Dogs lead, 3-1.