Relief pitcher is title Smith wears proudly

Relief pitcher is title Smith wears proudly

MILWAUKEE -- The 1 1/3 scoreless innings pitched by Reds rookie reliever Jordan Smith in Wednesday's 10-2 win over the Brewers gave him seven scoreless innings in six post-All Star break appearances.

Overall, Smith has a respectable 2.70 ERA in 16 games since his promotion from Double-A Carolina. That has made it easy to forget that he didn't become a reliever until Spring Training this year.

"It was just a little bit of an adjustment the first part of the season in the Minor Leagues," Smith said before Wednesday's game. "But since I've been here, I've been real aggressive and doing what I was doing the latter part of my time in the Minors and carried it to the big leagues. I feel like I belong here."

A starting pitcher his entire career before this season, Smith has really taken a shine to being a reliever.

"Every day you show up at the park, you feel like you can get into the game tonight," said Smith, who also pitched a scoreless inning Tuesday. "I'm a guy that likes action. I don't like to sit back and watch. I like the relief role. It's been fun."