Palmetto Pros: Ex-USC star Roth rocked in first start; Justin Smoak homers for Mariners
Former South Carolina pitcher Michael Roth cruised through the first three innings of his first Major League start Wednesday night, but got rocked in the fourth and took the loss.
Roth (1-1) allowed six hits and five earned runs in 3 1/3 innings of the Angels’ 11-3 loss to Texas, walking two and striking out two. The Rangers scored nine runs in that fourth inning.
Roth gave up just one hit through the first three innings. But in the fourth, the first five batters reached on three singles and two walks.
“Whenever you walk the leadoff guy, that’s never a good thing,” Roth told reporters. “I made some OK pitches, they put some good swings on it, but two walks is what really killed me.”
Elsewhere among Lowcountry players in pro baseball Wednesday:
• First baseman Justin Smoak (Stratford HS, USC) continued his good work of late, belting his first home run of the season in the Mariners’ 10-3 loss to Houston. Smoak was 1 for 3 and is 5 for 10 in the last three games, raising his average to .228.
• Pitcher Bobby Parnell (Charleston Southern) got the win in the Mets’ 7-3 victory over the Dodgers, working one inning of scoreless relief. Parnell is 1-0 with a 1.17 ERA and two saves this season.
• Centerfielder Brett Gardner (Holly Hill, College of Charleston) was 1 for 4 in the Yankee’s 3-0 loss to Tampa Bay, keeping his average at .250.
In the minors Wednesday:
• Pitcher Asher Wojciechowski (Beaufort, The Citadel) made the start and worked five innings in a 6-3 win over Midland, allowing five hits and two earned runs with two walks and six strikeouts. Wojciechowski did not figure in the decision, and the earned runs were the first he’s allowed this season. He’s 2-0 with an 0.78 ERA in five appearances for Class AA Corpus Christi.
• Outfielder Justin Greene (Stratford HS) went 2 for 4 and scored two runs in Class AA Mobile’s 4-3 win over Mississippi. Greene hit a triple and is now batting .250.
• Pitcher Drew Cisco (Wando HS) worked seven innings and allowed six hits and three earned runs, walking none and striking out five, but took the loss in Class A Dayton’s 3-1 loss to Lansing. Cisco is 1-1 with a 2.42 ERA.