John Smoltz took a no-hitter to the eighth, and struck out ten while walking two in seven innings of work. He was really sharp through ninety pitches or so — of course he was, he was throwing a no-hitter — but then lost some of the bite on his pitches. I really thought he had a chance there for a bit.
Chipper was the offensive hero, going 3-4 with three RBI and three runs. In the third inning, he hit a towering homer to right with Harris and KJ on that was all that Smoltz would need. The Braves took control in the fourth on two of those plays that defines the Natspo experience. Smoltz tried a one-out, two-on bunt but Andruw was thrown out at third. However, Zimmerman tried to throw Smoltz out and instead threw it away to make it second and third anyway. Then on a wild pitch, Escobar scored from third, Schneider threw the ball away, and Smoltz scored as well. Typical.
Chipper scored on singles in the fifth by Francoeur and the seventh by McCann… Smoltz’s no hitter was broken up leading off the eighth, and Bobby relieved him immediately since he was well over 100 pitches. Moylan, however, allowed a one-out double for the Nats’ only run. Soriano pitched the ninth (since it was only a six-run lead and all) with no problems.