John Smoltz first pitcher to 200 wins and 150 saves.
For only the second time in a regular-season game, John Smoltz sensed an extra excitement that normally only comes in the postseason.
“Euphoria,” Smoltz said.
For baseball’s all-time leader in postseason wins, the added edge made him feel right at home. Smoltz became baseball’s first pitcher with 200 wins and 150 saves, achieving the feat by throwing seven shutout innings to lead the Atlanta Braves to a 2-1 win over the New York Mets on Thursday night. It was different because so much was on the line, including Smoltz’s 200th career win, but it was the same because the Atlanta ace extended his string of strong starts this season.
The Turner Field crowd of 36,660 gave Smoltz a standing ovation after the game. Smoltz lifted his cap to acknowledge the crowd.
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