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Jeff Pearlman
September 06, 1999
August 28, 1999Braves 3, Cardinals 0
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September 06, 1999

In The Box

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August 28, 1999
Braves 3, Cardinals 0

Purists who bemoan the death of the complete game, which has been rarer this season than in any other this century, should send tapes of this Braves 13-inning win over the Cardinals straight to the Smithsonian. Atlanta's Kevin Millwood became the first Braves pitcher since 1976 to throw 10 scoreless innings; he needed the extra frame because St. Louis's Darren Oliver, who shut out Atlanta for nine, was nearly as dominant. For fans who have forgotten, the key to lasting into the later innings—and beyond—is getting ahead of hitters, something both Millwood and Oliver did often. The latter threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of the 32 batters he faced. Millwood was even sharper, getting a quick strike against 24 of 33. With their pitch counts low, both were throwing well even in their final innings: The Braves went down one-two-three in the ninth, and Millwood ended his day with two strikeouts in the 10th.