Right in the middle of Jason Bergmann's no-hit bid, the opposing Atlanta Braves pitcher John Smoltz got caught up in a failed suicide squeeze play attempt (my favorite!).
With one out in the seventh, Smoltz tagged out Washington Nationals centerfielder Austin Kearns in a rundown after he was caught sneaking off third base on a botched Ryan Langerhans bunt. Kearns was running toward home plate and was about 20 feet away when Smoltz tagged him.
Immediately after applying the chest-level tag, Smoltz fell to the ground in pain. He then got up, checked out his hand and slammed his glove to the ground in a pissed off manor.
He left the field after being examined by a trainer, who discovered he had dislocated the pinky finger on his pitching hand. He is day-to-day.
[MLB.com] |