In many ways John Smoltz is the Atlanta Braves. But how long can he keep up this excellent pitching?…
Smoltz comes close to a no-hitter
After a grueling seventh inning, including an at bat by Nationals' outfielder Austin Kearns that just about ruined him, Braves' starter John Smoltz walked into the dugout and told Braves' Manager Bobby Cox something very definite. "As soon as I give up a hit, I'm done" Smoltz told his skipper. And so when Ronnie Belliard got a base hit in the first at bat of the eighth inning to break up Smoltz's no-hitter, it didn't take Cox two seconds to pop out of the dugout to make the signal to the bullpen. Smoltz admitted after the game that he was ‘gassed.' He had not felt...
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