San Francisco treat in Game 5
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||SIGHTS & SOUNDS
|| BRAVES COVERAGE
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ATLANTA -- Five times in his career, Barry Bonds has stared down elimination in the postseason and five times, he's come up empty. With two hits and no runs batted in over 16 at-bats during those games, Bonds became known as a player who could not perform under playoff pressure.
So much for history.
Bonds homered and scored twice while Russ Ortiz earned his second win of the series as San Francisco became the first team in National League Division Series history to wipe out a two-games-to-one deficit, defeating the Braves 3-1 in Game 5 at Turner Field to advance to the NL Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals.
"Right now I'm just a little bit shocked because I've never been past the first round," said Bonds. "I don't know how to respond right now. I don't know [whether] to be happy or to just sit here."
Ortiz (2-0) followed up his gutsy Game 1 performance with yet another solid outing, holding the Braves to four hits and one run over 5 1/3 innings while earning a victory for the eighth consecutive start.
"I felt real relaxed, kind of like I did the first game so I felt like I was going to be able to go out there and hit my spots and I did for basically the first five innings," said Ortiz. "You just can’t say enough about this team. A lot of people counted us out but we never did and we ... took care of what we needed to do and we got the job done."
Bonds, who had never before won a postseason series and entered Monday's game with a .198 career average in the playoffs, singled off Kevin Millwood in the second inning and reached second base on a groundout by Benito Santiago. Two batters later, Reggie Sanders ripped a base hit up the
middle off Millwood to give the Giants a 1-0 lead.
Millwood (1-1), who was starting on three-days' rest, made few mistakes while striking out seven batters in five innings. But one of his biggest was a full-count fastball over the plate that Bonds crushed in the fourth inning, sending the ball deep into the left-center-field pavilion for his third homer of the series, the most by a Giant in a postseason set since Jeffrey Leonard went deep four times in the 1987 NLCS.
"I’ll take a big hit for this [but] we're not playing for Barry," said second baseman Jeff Kent. "I'm sorry. This is a whole team effort. There’s a lot of guys in here that did a lot of good things for this series. Barry contributed, you bet. But our pitching staff did a phenomenal job." More >
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ATLANTA -- As the Braves ponder what might have been, there is no doubt that Kevin Millwood was the man they wanted on the mound in what was their biggest game of the season.
Unfortunately for Millwood, his offense didn't come through with enough timely hits and the opposition possessed an immortal man named Bonds.
Bonds' two hits off the Braves starting right-hander provided the Giants all the offense they needed to claim a 3-1 win in Game 5 of the Division Series at Turner Field on Monday night. The Giants became the first team to rally from a 2-1 games deficit in NL Division Series history.
"We went down fighting," said John Smoltz, who pitched two scoreless innings to give his team the chance to mount a ninth-inning comeback. "We had our opportunities and we did everything but win the game."
Giants closer Robb Nen, who entered the ninth holding a 3-1 lead, watched a Jeff Kent throwing error allow Rafael Furcal to reach safely to open the inning. A Julio Franco single to right gave 45,203 tomahawk-chopping fans reason to believe a comeback reminiscent of the 1992 NLCS in which Barry Bonds played a big part was on the horizon.
"That had the makings of an incredible win," Smoltz said.
But instead of seeing Bonds throw arrive late in time to retire a sliding Sid Bream, this one ended when Chipper Jones grounded out into a game and season-ending double play to Giants first baseman J.T. Snow.
"This is as low as it gets," Chipper Jones said after watching his team fail to advance to the NLCS for the second time in the last time three years."
While Bonds and his teammates advance to the NLCS with the victory, the Braves hopes for a World Series championship have officially ended on a night that Millwood was charged with two earned runs on four hits in five innings.
"I don't think two weeks from now or two years from now, I am going to look back on this and feel good about it," said Millwood, who won Game 2. "When you get to this point of the year, your job is to be better than the other guy. Tonight I wasn't able to do that."
Bonds' leadoff single in the second inning led to the Giants first run and his solo homer to begin the fourth provided what proved to be the decisive blow against Millwood and the Braves. More >
|San Francisco Giants 3, Atlanta Braves 1|
|San Francisco|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
a-Batted for Rodriguez in the 7th. b-Struck out for Dunston in the 7th. c-Walked for Worrell in the 9th.
2B: Lofton (1, Millwood), Snow (2, Remlinger).
HR: Bonds (3, 4th inning off Millwood, 0 on, 0 out).
RBI: Sanders (1), Bonds (4), Lofton (2).
2-out RBI: Sanders.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bell, Kent, Aurilia, Lofton.
Team LOB: 7.
CS: Bonds (1, 2nd base by Smoltz/Blanco).
E: Bell (1, throw), Kent (1, throw).
|Atlanta|| AB|| R|| H|| RBI|| BB||SO||LOB||AVG|
|Franco, J, 1B
|Jones, C, LF
|Jones, A, CF
|Lopez, J, C
|d-Franco, M, PH
a-Reached on error for Millwood in the 5th. b-Singled for Lockhart in the 6th. c-Batted for Hammond in the 6th. d-Flied out for Giles in the 6th.
RBI: DeRosa (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, A, Castilla, Jones, C 2, Furcal, Lopez, J.
GIDP: Jones, C.
Team LOB: 12.
SB: Furcal (1, 2nd base off Nen/Santiago).
|San Francisco|| IP|| H|| R|| ER|| BB||SO||HR||ERA|
|Ortiz (W, 2-0)
|Rodriguez (H, 1)
|Worrell (H, 1)
|Nen (S, 2)
Remlinger pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.
Fultz pitched to 1 batter in the 6th.
WP: Ortiz, Millwood.
Pitches-strikes: Ortiz 95-58, Fultz 4-3, Rodriguez 6-3, Worrell 33-21, Nen 18-14, Millwood 79-52, Hammond 19-12, Remlinger 16-6, Holmes 13-9, Smoltz 34-19.
Ground outs-fly outs: Ortiz 4-7, Fultz 0-0, Rodriguez 0-2, Worrell 2-1, Nen 2-0, Millwood 4-4, Hammond 0-2, Remlinger 0-0, Holmes 0-1, Smoltz 1-1.
Batters faced: Ortiz 25, Fultz 1, Rodriguez 2, Worrell 8, Nen 4, Millwood 19, Hammond 4, Remlinger 3, Holmes 3, Smoltz 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Fultz 2-1, Rodriguez 2-0, Holmes 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Layne. 1B: Tim Tschida. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Mike Reilly. LF: Paul Emmel. RF: Angel Hernandez.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 14 mph, In from LF.
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