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Giants pound Glavine, Braves
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 8      3   Final
10/06/2002 12:35 pm ET 
 Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
 Braves 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 9 0
 Giants 2 2 3 0 1 0 0 0 X 8 11 0
Giants pound Glavine, Braves
By Mark Bowman / MLB.com

Tom Glavine gave up seven runs against the Giants in Game 4. (Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO -- After taking the loss in the opening game of the Division Series, Tom Glavine said he thought the Giants approach at the plate had more to do with his struggles that day than his inability to hit his desired location.

So as he prepared for his second chance to face the Giants in the series, he didn't plan on making too many drastic adjustments. Maybe he should have adjusted that decision.

Back to WorldSeries.com For the second time in five days, Glavine fell victim to a destructive game of small ball and suffered his second loss of the series during the Giants' 8-3, Game 4 pasting of the Braves on Sunday at Pacific Bell Park.

"I came into the game planning on pitching a little bit more inside," Glavine said. "Unfortunately, when I missed, I missed too far inside and other time I missed right down the middle. I'm disappointed. There's not much to say. I'm sick to my stomach that I put my team in this position."

Kevin Millwood, who flew back to Atlanta early Sunday morning to prepare for his then possible and now certain start in Monday's Game 5 at 8:00 p.m., will try to win his second game of the series and in doing so, keep the Braves World Series championship hopes alive.

"Kevin has been great for us," Glavine said. "He's probably been our best pitcher lately. As a team, we feel confident with him pitching tomorrow's game. I just wish he didn't have to."

Rich Aurilia, who entered Sunday's game batting .154 in the series, proved to be Glavine's biggest nemesis and one of the main reasons Glavine was unable to deliver his team a victory that would have allowed it a few extra days to prepare for a possible NLCS showdown against the Cardinals.

    Tom Glavine   /   P
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: L/L

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After singling and scoring one of the two runs the Giants would produce in both the first and second innings, Aurilia put an exclamation point on the victory with a third-inning three-run homer.

"I think we as a club had a good approach against him the past two starts ...," Aurilia said. "You know the key for us is getting on top early. We've done that the two games that we've won in the series and try and do that again tomorrow."

After Aurilia's homer gave the Giants a 7-0 lead, Braves manager Bobby Cox went to the mound to pull his veteran left-hander, who was charged with seven earned runs on seven hits in 2 2/3 innings. Of the 17 hits Glavine allowed in the series, 14 were singles.

"It's a combination of bad pitching and bad luck," Glavine said. "Other than that, I don't know what to tell you. I feel like I'm throwing good. I'm just not seeing the results."

Sunday's outing was a definite disappointment for a hurler, who has made more postseason starts (32) than anyone in the history of the game and came into the game with a 0.42 ERA in his last three potential series clinching starts.

While Glavine struggled, Giants starter Livan Hernandez continued his postseason mastery by limiting the Braves to three earned runs on eight hits in 8 1/3 innings. Including two wins over the Braves in the 1997 NLCS, the right-hander has now won six of the seven playoff games in which he has appeared.

"Livan is hard to hit at," Cox said. "He's got so many different angles to come at you. He can hit the black from the outside. He's sneaky quick. He's got the slow breaking ball, the quick one and he's a great athlete. ... He was on tonight."

    Vinny Castilla   /   3B
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 185
Bats/Throws: R/R

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Vinny Castilla's bloop infield single that Giants third baseman David Bell misplayed in the fifth inning broke up Hernandez's no-hit bid and later led to the Braves first run when Rafael Furcal drove Castilla home on a double into the left-field corner.

Castilla, who finished the evening with two hits, and Javy Lopez have been two of the Braves most consistent offensive contributors thus far in the postseason. They both contributed an RBI in the sixth inning to account for the only other runs Hernandez would surrender.

This will mark just the second time since National League Division Series play began in 1995 that a fifth game has been necessary. Based on NL history, the odds favor the home team, or in this case the Braves.

Last year, the Diamondbacks used a dramatic ninth inning in Game 5 to eliminate the Cardinals and send their home crowd into a frenzy that led to an eventual World Series championship.

"We played all year for home-field advantage," Glavine said. "We have it now. We'll just have to see what we can do with it."

Mark Bowman is a reporter for MLB.com and can be reached at bowman.mark@worldnet.att.net. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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BOX SCORE
San Francisco Giants 8, Atlanta Braves 3
 
Atlanta AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Furcal, SS 5011002.316
Franco, J, 1B 5000013.167
Sheffield, RF 4000010.071
Jones, C, LF 4110010.308
Jones, A, CF 4010011.267
Lopez, J, C 3111111.364
Castilla, 3B 3121100.429
Lockhart, 2B 3020001.400
Glavine, P 1000013.500
Gryboski, P 0000000.000
a-Bragg, PH 1000002.000
Moss, P 0000000.000
b-DeRosa, PH 1000000.400
Ligtenberg, P 0000000.000
c-Franco, M, PH 0000000.000
d-Giles, PH 1010000.500
Totals353932613 
 
a-Grounded into a double play for Gryboski in the 5th. b-Grounded out for Moss in the 7th. c-Batted for Ligtenberg in the 9th. d-Singled for Franco, M in the 9th.
 
BATTING
2B: Furcal (1, Hernandez), Lopez, J (1, Hernandez), Jones, A (1, Hernandez).
RBI: Furcal (2), Lopez, J (4), Castilla (4).
2-out RBI: Furcal, Lopez, J, Castilla.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Glavine 2, Franco, J 3, Lopez, J.
GIDP: Bragg.
Team LOB: 8.
 
 
San Francisco AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Lofton, CF 4320101.375
Aurilia, SS 5334011.278
Kent, 2B 4030100.333
Bonds, LF 3001103.214
Santiago, C 4013111.294
Sanders, RF 4010105.200
Snow, 1B 3000112.267
Bell, 3B 3210102.231
Hernandez, P 2000002.000
Eyre, P 0000000.000
Nen, P 0000000.000
Totals3281187317 
 
BATTING
2B: Sanders (1, Gryboski), Santiago (2, Moss).
HR: Aurilia (2, 3rd inning off Glavine, 2 on, 2 out).
RBI: Bonds (3), Santiago 3 (5), Aurilia 4 (7).
2-out RBI: Aurilia 3, Santiago 2.
S: Hernandez 2.
SF: Bonds.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Snow, Sanders 3, Hernandez.
Team LOB: 10.
 
FIELDING
DP: (Snow-Aurilia-Hernandez).
 
Atlanta IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Glavine (L, 0-2) 2.277751115.26
Gryboski 1.12001000.00
Moss 2.02111103.00
Ligtenberg 2.00000100.00
 
San Francisco IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Hernandez (W, 1-0) 8.18332603.24
Eyre 0.11000000.00
Nen 0.10000000.00
 
IBB: Sanders (by Glavine), Bonds (by Glavine), Snow (by Gryboski).
HBP: Lockhart (by Hernandez).
Pitches-strikes: Glavine 68-34, Gryboski 21-11, Moss 26-16, Ligtenberg 14-11, Hernandez 117-76, Eyre 5-5, Nen 2-2.
Ground outs-fly outs: Glavine 4-3, Gryboski 3-1, Moss 2-3, Ligtenberg 2-3, Hernandez 12-7, Eyre 1-0, Nen 1-0.
Batters faced: Glavine 20, Gryboski 7, Moss 9, Ligtenberg 6, Hernandez 35, Eyre 2, Nen 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Eyre 1-0, Nen 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Gary Darling. 1B: Steve Rippley. 2B: Mark Hirschbeck. 3B: Bruce Froemming. LF: Bill Miller. RF: Ron Kulpa.
Weather: 80 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to CF.
T: 3:03.
Att: 43,070.
 
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