Milwaukee Milkmen RHP Myles Smith Named PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week
American Association Daily provides insights, features, and recaps of the action from around the American Association of Professional Baseball League, as well as player and coaching profiles and transactions. In today’s edition, the Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association name Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Myles Smith as the PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week for Week 13 of the 2021 American Association season.
Myles Smith Given PURE Performance Pitcher Honors
The Minor League Sports Report and This Week in the Association announced that Milwaukee Milkmen right-hander Myles Smith was named as the PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week for Week 13 of the American Association season. This is the third time this season that Smith has received the honors.
Myles Smith made two starts during the week, beginning on August 9 against Lincoln when he gave up one run in seven innings in a 3-1 victory. The right-hander began the contest by tossing three scoreless innings, but Lincoln was able to tie the score at one with a run in the top of the fourth. Smith then took control from there, retiring nine of the last 10 batters he faced with a one-out walk in the seventh being the only blemish against him. The Milwaukee Ace allowed four hits and three walks while striking out eight.
On August 14, Smith made his second start of the week in a 4-1 victory over the Houston Apollos. The right-hander set a season-high with 14 strikeouts, allowing three hits, a walk, and one earned run. After retiring the first six batters of the game, four on strikeouts, Houston took the lead against Smith with a run in the top of the third. The Milwaukee Ace allowed two hits and a walk in the frame, but was able to get out of it with just one run allowed. He then retired 14 of the next 15 batters he faced, striking out at least one batter in every frame, including striking out the side in both the second and fifth innings.
For the week, Myles Smith was 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA. He tossed 14 innings, allowing seven hits, four walks and two earned runs. Smith struck out 22 moving him to the top of the American Association in strikeouts
For earning PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week, Myles Smith will receive a check for $100 from PURE. This is the third time that Smith has received PURE Performance honors this season. Two other Milkmen pitchers have also been named PURE Performance Pitcher of the Week. David Holmberg received the honor in Week 8 and Ryan Kussmaul earned the honor in Week 10.
2021 PURE Performance Pitchers of the Week
Week 1 – Kevin McGovern, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 2 – Michael Mariot, Cleburne Railroaders
Week 3 – Kevin McGovern, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 4 – Myles Smith, Milwaukee Milkmen
Week 5 – Patrick Ledet, Sioux City Explorers
Week 6 – Cody Mincey, Kansas City Monarchs
Week 7 – Ryan Flores, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
Week 8 – David Holmberg, Milwaukee Milkmen
Week 9 – Myles Smith, Milwaukee Milkmen
Week 10 – Ryan Kussmaul, Milwaukee Milkmen and Tyler Viza, Kane County Cougars
Week 11 – Jack Alkire, Gary SouthShore RailCats
Week 12 – Luke Lind, Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks
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by Robert Pannier