Monday, May 14, 2007
When John Smoltz made his major league debut, Jason Bergmann was seven years old. Tonight Bergmann squared off against a pitcher he watched growing up and proved to everyone that he is the ace of the Nationals rotation with injured pitcher Shaun Hill out. After two previous impressive starts, many watched to see if he could really pull of another spectacular performance. Bergmann went beyond what was needed of him tonight against the Braves, taking a no hitter into the eighth inning of a game, before surrendering two hits, one a home run. Besides giving up only two hits, he struck out ten and continued the Nationals four game winning streak. John Smoltz injured himself during the game, but plans to make his next start. Although, I see the Braves giving him a week off, make sure their veteran ace is okay. Struggling pitcher Jerome Williams will take on Tim Hudson tomorrow at 7:05 P.M. ET. The Nationals are going for their fifth straight win.