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.
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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.