But Smoak has rebounded strong from that dismal night. Going into Wednesday's game against the White Sox, he is 4-for-8 with a home run in his past three games. That's a small sample, but he is starting to drive the ball with authority. He hit an RBI pinch-hit single and a home run off the bench on Tuesday night.
"I'm still hitting a buck-eighty or something like that," said Smoak, who is actually at .190. "I'm still not where I want to be, and I still have a lot of work to do. I need to keep getting better every day.
"It's tough when you strike out three times in a game. Normally, it doesn't happen to me. After that night, I told myself to just go out and have fun. There's no pressure, so just relax and slow the game down as much as possible."