Manager Fredi Gonzalez wasn't exactly thrilled to see Garrett Atkins' seventh-inning home run break up Josh Johnson's no-hit bid in Friday's 6-5 win.
But the homer did end the decision Gonzalez was grappling with in the dugout about how long he would allow Johnson to pursue the no-hitter. Johnson, in his first full season back from Tommy John surgery, gave up one run and struck out a career-high 11 on 114 pitches in 7 1/3 innings. Gonzalez said he turned to pitching coach Mark Wiley in the dugout just before Johnson's 98th pitch -- which landed in the left-field seats.
"I may have jinxed him," Gonzalez said Saturday. "The way he was pitching, I thought he had a chance. I turned to Mark and said, '(Johnson's) got an extra day's rest (coming), right?' He said, 'Yes.' Then bam. Home run. I jinxed him -- that question."
Gonzalez said it would have been a difficult decision to allow Johnson, who has never thrown more than 119 pitches in a game, to go after the milestone had his count gone past 130.
"I don't think I would have let him go out there and throw 148 pitches just to get a no-hitter," Gonzalez said. "We have to think about his future, our future -- for a no-hitter. It's a touchy (situation). It really is."