MIlford's Smith gets promotion
Smith had been with South Bend (Ind.) of the low Class A Midwest League, and was 5-5 with a 3.53 ERA in 16 starts. His debut with Visalia wasn't memorable. He took the loss against Stockton, allowing nine runs and four walks in 4.2 innings, though he did strike out five.
The California League is a reknowned hitter's league. The dry desert air, smaller parks and a handful of parks that double as wind tunnels make things difficult on pitchers.
Smith missed matching up against Dallas Braden by a day. Braden, rehabbing from elbow stiffness, made the start for Stockton against Visalia a night after Smith pitched.