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10/02/2002 5:06 pm ET 
MLB.com rates the performances
The best and worst of Game 1: Giants at Braves
By Chris Shuttlesworth / MLB.com

Their ace on the mound, facing a Giants team unsure about whether its postseason jinx made the trip to Atlanta, the Braves instead joined the A's and Diamondbacks in losing their series opener to the road club and seeing a top hurler get roughed up.

Braves

One peach: The last piece of fruit from the bottom of the bin
Two peaches: Mom packed this instead of a candy bar?
Three peaches: Juicy and refreshing
Four peaches: A tasty cobbler
Five peaches: Warm slice of delicious pie, a la mode


Tom Glavine the pitcher: The last time Glavine coughed up 10 hits in a game? July 18 of last season, and the word "scattered" was probably used to describe those hits, since he gave up only one run in beating the Reds that day. But there was no scattering in the Division Series opener, as he surrendered strings of hits that added up to six runs in five innings.


Tom Glavine the hitter: Keith Lockhart gets the Barry Bonds treatment with an intentional walk in the second, and Tommy G. makes like one of his teammates named Jones, driving in a pair to get his club right back into the game.


Chris Hammond: Sporting the best story this side of a Dennis Quaid movie (out of baseball for three years until he returned so his kids could see him play), the 36-year-old saw the storybook slammed shut in the sixth when he gave up a two-run double. Those were the first earned runs he had allowed since June 20, and adding injury to insult, he had to leave with neck spasms.


Javy Lopez: Given new life when Benito Santiago flubbed a basket-catch attempt at a foul pop that would have ended the inning, Lopez made the game interesting with a two-run homer in the eighth.


Gary Sheffield: His team down six runs in the eighth, Sheffield cracked a homer to start a Braves rally. In 17 postseason games, he has four dingers -- pal Barry Bonds has one in 28. But representing the tying run in the ninth, he also grounded into a game-ending double play.

Giants

One cable car: Broken down in the middle of rush-hour traffic
Two cable cars: Standing in a long line waiting for your turn
Three cable cars: Packed with tourists, but enjoying the ride
Four cable cars: Climbing halfway to the stars
Five cable cars: Atop Nob Hill, and you get to ring the bell


Benito Santiago: Sure doesn't seem 37, does he? He got the Giants' postseason party started with their first hit and first run, and then when he got the Rodney Dangerfield no-respect scenario in the sixth with an intentional walk to Barry Bonds, Santiago crushed the strategy with a two-run double.


Russ Ortiz: He barely speaks above a whisper in the clubhouse but he made a loud-and-clear statement on the mound, giving up two runs on five hits over seven innings to notch his first postseason victory.


J.T. Snow: He lost his job to rookie Damon Minor in June, but Minor's not even on the Division Series roster now. Jack Thomas gave Glavine his first gut punch with a two-run double in the second, and the Giants never trailed.


Barry Bonds: He got a hit to keep the 0-fer watch at bay and scored following an intentional walk, but the postseason continues to be largely unfriendly to the slugger. His throw to the plate in the second bounced off Vinny Castilla's back for an error, and Andruw Jones robbed him of what would have been his second career playoff homer.


Tim Worrell: A runaway win turned into a nail-biter when the reliever surrendered three runs (albeit two unearned thanks to Santiago's error) on a pair of homers in the eighth. Castilla's single, the fourth hit allowed by Worrell, chased him from the game.

Chris Shuttlesworth is an editorial producer for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.





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