John Smoltz has allowed 10 hits and five runs over six innings. An RBI single by Adam Kennedy has given the A’s a 5-0 lead. Smoltz’s velocity has been in the 91-92 range, which without the greatest location, doesn’t seem to cut it.
Smoltz promised it would take a “few starts” for him to get into a groove. Of the 11 earned runs he’s allowed, eight have come in two innings of the 15 he’s worked so far in three starts.
Smoltz, who threw 99 pitches, is out after six. Daniel Bard has come on.