Charlie Morton Joins John Smoltz In Elite Club

Though his bid for a no-hitter was broken up in the seventh inning, 37-year old Charlie Morton still joined Braves pitching legend John Smoltz in elite company. By entering the seventh inning of Thursday night’s game without allowing a run, Morton became the oldest Atlanta pitcher to throw as many innings without giving up a run since 39-year old John Smoltz did so in 2006.

Manager Brian Snitker was impressed with the eldest hurler on the staff: “That was about as clutch as it’s been all year. That was really fun to watch.” Per MSN Sports.

After carrying a no-no into the seventh inning, Morton gave up three hits before being replaced the following inning. Morton, who signed a one-year deal with Atlanta this off season was appreciative of the opportunity the Braves skipper provided: “That’s a unique position to be in, where your manager actually is giving you the opportunity to discuss a plan and a decision that’s really ultimately his. You don’t get those opportunities very much anymore at all,” Morton said.

Morton’s efforts weren’t lost on the Atlanta home crowd.

Morton’s impressive outing was the right hander’s sixth win of the season and drew the Braves to within three wins of a .500 record. Atlanta currently trails the first-place Mets in the the NL East division by 5.5 games. After back to back wins Atlanta has a chance to make it three in a row against visiting St. Louis tomorrow evening.

If his four children are still looking a last-minute Father’s Day gift, the 37-year old Morton probably wouldn’t turn down some Advil, IcyHot, or a bottle of Jack.



Written by Anthony Farris

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