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10/02/2002 1:30 pm ET
Giants pound Glavine, Braves
San Francisco scores six runs against left-hander
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com
ATLANTA -- As Tom Glavine prepared to face the Giants in the opening game of the Division Series, he knew he would have to be careful with Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent.
But as Glavine quickly realized during the Braves' 8-5 loss to the Giants at Turner Field on Wednesday afternoon, there are plenty of other players in the San Francisco lineup that can provide damage.
"I thought he had some of his best stuff today," Braves manager Bobby Cox said of Glavine. "I thought the Giants did a pretty good job of hitting to the opposite field and that was about it."
Glavine, who was making his 31st career postseason start, limited Kent and Bonds to a single. But by the time the veteran southpaw had exited the mound after five disappointing innings, he had been rudely introduced to the bottom of the Giants lineup.
"Everything that could go wrong, seemed to go wrong," Glavine said. "Basically I did a good job of eliminating Barry Bonds and Jeff Kent. Unfortunately the other seven guys did a better job."
After retiring the first four batters of the game, Glavine ran into trouble with one out in the second inning. Benito Santiago's single to right was the first of four straight hits the Giants would record in the three-run inning. The three runs were accounted for by a J.T. Snow two-run double and an RBI single by David Bell, who was batting eighth.
Glavine fell victim to the bottom of the order again when Bell began a two-out rally in the fourth with his second single of the contest. Giants starting pitcher Russ Ortiz kept things going with a single of his own and would later score on a Rich Aurilia two-run double that capped the three-run inning.
"They just seemed to hit it balls in front, to the side and behind us," Chipper Jones said. "We just dug ourselves a hole that we couldn't get out of."
Glavine, who suffered just his second loss in eight career Division Series starts, allowed six earned runs in five innings. The 10 hits he surrendered matched the most he has ever allowed in a postseason game. He previously had done it in Game 6 of the 1997 NLCS against the Marlins.
While Glavine struggled, Ortiz kept the Braves' bats silent most of the afternoon. The Giants right-hander, who was making just his second career postseason start, allowed two earned runs on five hits in seven innings.
"He was just dominating in way that you can't explain," Javy Lopez said.
Ortiz kept the bats in the middle of the Braves lineup virtually silent. Chipper Jones and Gary Sheffield both went hitless against the right-hander.
Glavine's second-inning, two-run double that scored Andruw Jones and Vinny Castilla produced the only runs the Braves would score against Ortiz.
After Ortiz exited, Sheffield brought some life back to the crowd in the eighth when he drilled a one-out solo homer off Giants reliever Tim Worrell, who was also victimized by a Lopez homer later in the inning.
"We just kept battling back," said Lopez whose eighth inning at-bat was extended when Santiago was unable to catch a routine pop fly off the plate. "Everyone was excited after those homers."
Using that momentum, the Braves mounted another rally in the ninth against Giants closer Robb Nen. Mark DeRosa opened the inning with a walk and Rafael Furcal followed with a flare single into shallow left field. But after Julio Franco drilled a long drive that Reggie Sanders caught at the warning track, Nen got Sheffield to ground into a game-ending double play and secure the win.
"That was the game right there," Franco said of his long drive. "I thought that ball was in the gap. He was playing back farther than I thought. I really thought it would fall."
As they prepare for Thursday night's second game of the series, the Braves are hoping to have the services of Chris Hammond, who left the game in the sixth inning with a strained neck.
"I'm not too sure right now," Cox said of Hammond's status. "He's having trouble turning his neck with any degree of easiness. So, (I'm) not real sure about him."
It appeared Hammond, who finished the regular season with a 0.95 ERA and didn't allow an earned run in his last 32 appearances, might have suffered the injury while fielding a Aurilia swinging bunt just off the mound. The southpaw fielded the ball cleanly and made the acrobatic throw to nail the Giants shortstop for the second out in the inning.
"I didn't feel it right away," Hammond said. "But I could tell that I couldn't follow through on my pitches."
After making the play, Hammond allowed Kent to double and then was forced to intentionally walk Bonds before Santiago would drive both home with a double off the right-centerfield wall.
The Braves have played in the Division Series every year since 1995 and this is just the third time they have lost the opening game.
"You try to put it out of your mind," Cox said of losing. "It's one game out of whack and that's the way you look at it whether you win or not. I'd rather win the first one, that's for sure. But you've got another game tomorrow, you've got to win."
Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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|San Francisco Giants 8, Atlanta Braves 5|
|San Francisco|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
2B: Snow (1, Glavine), Aurilia (1, Glavine), Kent (1, Hammond), Santiago (1, Hammond).
RBI: Snow 2 (2), Bell (1), Lofton (1), Aurilia 2 (2), Santiago 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Lofton, Aurilia 2, Santiago 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonds, Ortiz, Snow.
Team LOB: 9.
E: Bonds (1, throw), Santiago (1, fielding).
DP: 3 (Aurilia-Kent-Snow 2, Kent-Snow).
|Atlanta|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Franco, J, 1B
|Jones, C, LF
|Jones, A, CF
|Lopez, J, C
|c-Franco, M, PH
a-Grounded out for Glavine in the 5th. b-Struck out for Gryboski in the 7th. c-Batted for Moss in the 8th. d-Popped out for Franco, M in the 8th.
HR: Sheffield (1, 8th inning off Worrell, 0 on, 1 out), Lopez, J (1, 8th inning off Worrell, 1 on, 2 out).
RBI: Glavine 2 (2), Sheffield (1), Lopez, J 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Glavine 2, Lopez, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Furcal 2, Jones, C.
GIDP: Franco, J, Sheffield.
Team LOB: 7.
|San Francisco|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Ortiz (W, 1-0)
|Eyre (H, 1)
|Nen (S, 1)
IBB: Lockhart (by Ortiz), Bell (by Glavine), Bonds (by Hammond).
Pitches-strikes: Ortiz 107-63, Worrell 21-14, Eyre 3-2, Nen 23-16, Glavine 86-49, Hammond 18-8, Gryboski 30-18, Moss 13-9, Holmes 12-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Ortiz 7-11, Worrell 2-0, Eyre 0-1, Nen 2-1, Glavine 7-5, Hammond 2-0, Gryboski 0-2, Moss 0-1, Holmes 1-0.
Batters faced: Ortiz 28, Worrell 6, Eyre 1, Nen 4, Glavine 27, Hammond 6, Gryboski 5, Moss 3, Holmes 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Eyre 1-0, Gryboski 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Reilly. 1B: Paul Emmel. 2B: Angel Hernandez. 3B: Jerry Layne. LF: Tim Tschida. RF: Ted Barrett.
Weather: 80 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 7 mph, R to L.
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