You have reached your limit of free articles this month.

Enjoy unlimited access to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Starting at just 99¢ for 8 weeks.

GREAT REASONS TO SUBSCRIBE TODAY!

  • IN-DEPTH REPORTING
  • INTERACTIVE STORYTELLING
  • NEW TOPICS & COVERAGE
  • ePAPER
X

You have read of premium articles.

Get unlimited access to all of our breaking news, in-depth coverage and interactive features. Starting at just 99c for 8 weeks.

X

Welcome to SpringfieldNewsSun.com

Your source for Clark and Champaign counties’ hometown news. All readers have free access to a limited number of stories every month.

If you are a News-Sun subscriber, please take a moment to login for unlimited access.

Former Raider Smith pitching well for Indians


Former Wright State pitcher Joe Smith is one of the top pitchers in the Cleveland Indians bullpen and has the numbers to prove it: 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA in 20 games and 18 innings. He threw a scoreless inning Wednesday night in a 5-2 victory over the Reds in Cleveland.

Earlier in the week, though, while the Indians were in Cincinnati for two games, both of which they lost, Smith was focusing on his recent outings.

“Personally, I’ve stunk as of late,” Smith said Tuesday. “I haven’t thrown the ball good. My overall numbers are good, but I’ve stunk lately.”

Smith’s comment about his performance had a lot to do with his previous outing Sunday, when he threw one pitch against the Red Sox and gave up a walk-off, two-run double to Jacoby Ellsbury in the ninth.

The day before, he threw a scoreless inning, and he gave up a run in one inning May 20. Prior to that, Smith had pitched a single inning in five straight appearances and hadn’t allowed a run, so maybe it was an exaggeration for him to say he’s stunk.

The Indians bullpen, as a whole, has struggled. Through Wednesday, it ranked 22nd in baseball with an ERA of 4.18. Smith has the best number of any reliever on the team. Maybe that’s because he’s learned to put the rare bad outing behind him.

“You have to,” he said. “You’re a reliever. (Bad days) are going to come. It’s just how you handle them. Hopefully, you put keep your lows short and get back up on an even keep and keep throwing strikes. Eventually, they’ll hit it at somebody.”

This is Smith’s seventh season in the big leagues and fourth season in Cleveland. He was 7-4 with a 2.96 ERA in 72 games last season and 3-3 with a 2.01 ERA in 71 appearances in 2011. His career numbers are just as impressive: 23-14 with a 3.00 ERA in 388 games.

Smith would like to experience some team success, and it’s so far so good for the Indians in 2013. New manager Terry Francona has a lot to do with that.

“It’s awesome,” Smith said. “He keeps it real loose, yet we work. We know when it’s time to get serious.”

Men’s basketball: Mark Howell, a 5-10 point guard from South Grand Prairie High School in Grand Prairie, Texas, announced his verbal commitment to the Wright State basketball program on Twitter on Wednesday. Howell averaged 12 points and 3.4 assists per game as a senior and hit 46 3-pointers in 34 games.

If Howell signs and plays for the Raiders, he would add depth on the perimeter. Wright State was in need of another point guard after freshman guards Joe Bramanti and Bobo Drummond left the program after last season.

South Grand Prairie lost in the Class 5A boys basketball state title game in March.


Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Sports

Wright State’s Bower honored by GLATA
Wright State’s Bower honored by GLATA

Becky Bower, the director of the Wright State athletic training program, brought home more than just some good memories and fun stories from the Great Lakes Athletic Training Association’s annual conference near Chicago earlier this month. Bower also returned with the 2017 GLATA Outstanding Educator Award and a decorative desk clock commemorating...
Northmont’s Catalyst to sing national anthem at Dragons opener
Northmont’s Catalyst to sing national anthem at Dragons opener

The Northmont High School A Capella singing group Catalyst has been selected to perform the national anthem for the Dayton Dragons season opener. The Dragons’ minor-league baseball season starts at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6 at Dayton’s Fifth Third Field against the Lake County Captains. This will be the 18th season for the Cincinnati Reds&rsquo...
Cincinnati Bengals reportedly re-sign Wallace Gilberry
Cincinnati Bengals reportedly re-sign Wallace Gilberry

The Cincinnati Bengals reportedly have retained another free agent, re-signing veteran defensive lineman Wallace Gilberry. ESPN’s Adam Schefter broke the news Friday afternoon. Gilberry was a Bengal from 2012-15 and spent the beginning of the ’16 season with the Lions before being released. He rejoined Cincinnati midway through last season...
UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached at Wright State, played at Miami
UCLA assistant Ed Schilling coached at Wright State, played at Miami

Looking for a local connection to Friday night’s mega March Madness matchup between UCLA and Kentucky? Check out the Bruins’ bench. Ed Schilling is in his fourth season as an assistant to Steve Alford at UCLA. Wright State fans will remember Schilling as the head coach of the Raiders from 1998-2003. RELATED: Xavier still dancing Prior to...
Cincinnati Reds option one of top prospects to minors
Cincinnati Reds option one of top prospects to minors

The Cincinnati Reds optioned outfielder Jesse Winker to Triple-A Louisville on Friday, trimming their roster to 40 players. Winker, 23, is the Reds’ sixth-ranked prospect, according to Baseball America. He’s entering his sixth season in the minor league system. Last season he hit .303 in 106 games with Triple-A Louisville. He hit .273 in...
More Stories