Morris had eventually pitched a 10-inning complete game victory.
Smoltz had answered the critics who doubted would be able to reach the 200 inning plateau after three years in the bullpen.
Nonetheless, Smoltz's increased workload caused him to wear down towards the end of the season.
Before the , was Smoltz's best year as a professional.
He went 24–8 with a 2.94 ERA and 276 strikeouts, including winning a franchise record fourteen straight decisions.
Poor run support contributed to an 0–3 start despite stronger pitching performances by Smoltz.
After these initial difficulties, though, things fell into place.
He began seeing a sports psychologist, after which he closed out the season on a 12–2 pace, [ [.
Both starters pitched shutout ball for seven innings, before Smoltz was removed from the 0–0 game in the eighth.
He left the seventh game trailing, but ended up with a no-decision as the Braves mounted a dramatic ninth-inning comeback win.
In the World Series that year, Smoltz started two of the six games in the series, with a no-decision in Game Two and a win with the Braves facing elimination in Game 5.
By this point, Smoltz was all that remained of the once-dominant Atlanta Braves' rotation of the 1990s. Smoltz's renewed career as a starter began inauspiciously.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating