Astros reliever Joe Smithpitches during the eighth inning against the New York Yankees in game three of the American League Championship Series at Yankee Stadium on October 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images
Photo: Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Former Wright State pitcher headed to the World Series with Astros

Joe Smith, a 13-year veteran, pitched a scoreless eighth inning in Game 6

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Brian Anderson was the first Wright State player to appear in the World Series when he started one game for the Arizona Diamondbacks against the New York Yankees in 2001.

Smith made 16 relief appearances for the Chicago Cubs in 2016, the year they won the World Series, but did not make the postseason roster.

Smith, 35, has made six appearances in the postseason with the Astros this month. He has a 1.69 ERA in 5 1/3 innings.

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Smith appeared in four games in the American League Championship Series. He pitched a scoreless eighth inning Saturday in Game 6. The Astros beat the New York Yankees 6-4 on a two-run, walk-off home run by Jose Altuve in the 10th inning.

A third-round pick in the 2006 draft, Smith is a 13-year veteran. He made his big-league debut with the New York Mets in 2007. This is second season in Houston. He compiled a 1.80 ERA in 28 relief appearances in the regular season. Smith ruptured his Achilles tendon in the offseason and made his season debut July 14.

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