Smoltz Wins 200th as Braves Top Mets
Kelly Meter: Kelly Johnson went 1/3 today with a walk and a stolen base to bring his average to .278 and his OBP ever closer to .400. He has been one of the best leadoff men in baseball so far and has been just about as close to perfect as you can be defensively.
Tim Hudson gets the call tomorrow after his first disappointing start of the season. Hudson will toe the rubber against the ageless Jamie Moyer and the Phillies at 7:35 ET.
Future Hall of Famer John Smoltz just added another milestone to his resume as he picked up his 200th career win against former teammate Tom Glavine. Smoltz looked motivated to become just the only player in major league history to rack up 200 wins and 150 saves. Smoltz pitched a gem going seven scoreless innings allowing seven hits, no walks, and striking out five. Kelly Johnson absolutely robbed Ruben Gotay in the fourth with a great diving play and Edgar Renteria added a couple more nice plays to support Smoltz. Rafael Soriano came in for the eighth and gave up a walk but again just dominated his opposition again. Bob Wickman made it interesting in the ninth with the help of an almost unheard of Kelly Johnson error. The Braves conceded a run to get the second out and then with a runner on third Wickman got Jose Reyes to pop out to Edgar Renteria to end the game. Seeing Smoltz receive a standing ovation after the game was a great sight.
The offense didn't do much but with Smoltz mowing down the Mets they really didn't need to. Tom Glavine seemed to think he was getting squeezed all night but if you're a pitcher that depends on getting almost every close call and it is a hitter's umpire, you're going to struggle. Glavine threw 110 pitches in only six innings and allowed both of the Braves runs. Jeff Francoeur added to his RBI total with a sac fly in the first and Matt Diaz hit an opposite field homer in the second and that is all the Braves would need to take the rubber game of the series. Chipper Jones was out of the lineup after taking a Cortisone shot in his thumb and will be held out until at least Saturday.