Giant mismatch: On to Game 5
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||SIGHTS & SOUNDS
|| GIANTS COVERAGE
Mark Bowman / MLB.com
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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.
For the second time in seven 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, will try to win his second game of the series and in doing so, keep the Braves World 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 one 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. Aurilia put an exclamation point on the victory with a third-inning three-run homer. More >
By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com
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SAN FRANCISCO -- For nine long innings across the Bay, the A's made their fans' hearts race, watching each pitch of a one-run game with fingers crossed and hopes high.
The Giants did not want to make their fans go through the same strife.
Before a Pacific Bell Park record crowd of 43,073, San Francisco put seven runs on the board in the first three innings and cruised to an 8-3 defeat of the Braves in Game 4 of the National League Division Series, forcing a fifth and deciding game Monday in Atlanta.
Livan Hernandez, who had never lost in his five playoff starts, pitched 8 1/3 strong innings to improve his postseason record to 6-0 with a 3.53 ERA. The right-hander took a no-hitter into the fifth inning while striking out six and walking just two. Then again, with the way the Giants swung the bat they could have brought back much-maligned reliever Manny Aybar on one day of rest and still come out on top.
"I tried to not put pressure in my mind," said Hernandez. "I know it's a big game and on the workout in the morning, I [did] everything perfect."
So did his teammates.
It started from the first batter of the game for San Francisco, as Kenny Lofton ripped a Tom Glavine offering into left field and advanced to second on Rich Aurilia's hard-hit single to center. A walk to Jeff Kent loaded the bases and Barry Bonds' sacrifice fly gave the Giants the lead.
That alone should have made the Giants feel comfortable, as they have posted a 66-24 record this season when getting on the scoreboard first, but they were far from finished. More >
|San Francisco Giants 8, Atlanta Braves 3|
|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 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.
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.
Team LOB: 8.
|San Francisco|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
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.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Snow, Sanders 3, Hernandez.
Team LOB: 10.
|San Francisco|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Hernandez (W, 1-0)
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.
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