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Game 3 October 5, 2002
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Braves
0 0 1 0 0 5 0 0 4   10 10 0
Giants
1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 5 0
W: Maddux (1-0, 3.00)   L: Schmidt (0-1, 6.75)  
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Game 3 a Lock for Braves
  BRAVES COVERAGE 
SIGHTS & SOUNDS
  GIANTS COVERAGE 

By Mark Bowman / MLB.com

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SAN FRANCISCO -- Greg Maddux has visited the postseason enough to know that patience is one of the key virtues a pitcher must possess in order to find success.

So it wasn't a surprise that the Braves veteran right-hander displayed his best poker face while former teammate Jason Schmidt matched him pitch for pitch in what was the most critical game either had started this year.

But on this day it wasn't all that surprising that the four-time Cy Young Award winner's mental resolve lasted a little longer than that of his former pupil.

Maddux's six strong innings of work, combined with Schmidt's sixth-inning meltdown, allowed Vinny Castilla and Keith Lockhart to prove heroic during the Braves' 10-2 victory over the Giants in Game 3 of the NL Division Series on Saturday afternoon at Pacific Bell Park.

"We're glad to come out of here with a win," Maddux said. "Now we'll try to go and get another one tomorrow. Anytime you have (Tom) Glavine on the mound, you feel confident."

Glavine, who was tagged for 10 hits in a Game 1 loss, will attempt to reverse his fortunes and provide an outing similar to Maddux's that would give the Braves a chance to advance to the NLCS for the 10th time since 1991.

With a two-games-to-one advantage, the odds are in the Braves' favor. Since Division Series play began in 1995, no National League team has overcome that deficit.

"I think we all like our chances," Chipper Jones said. "I don't expect to see the same kind of game that we did in the first one that Glavine pitched." More >

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By Josh Rawitch / MLB.com

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SAN FRANCISCO -- To determine how the Braves regained momentum while grabbing Game 3 of the NLDS, one needs only to read the following statistic:

Just three times in the last two seasons has Braves starter Greg Maddux walked more men in a game than Giants starter Jason Schmidt did in a span of 17 pitches Saturday afternoon. Schmidt loaded the bases on free passes in the sixth inning and they all came around to score as the Braves went on to beat the Giants, 10-2, at Pacific Bell Park to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series.

"It's definitely a tough loss," said Schmidt, who remains confident that his team will be able to become the first team in NLDS history to overcome a 2-1 deficit. "We've done it all year. ... We're a team that can jump on anybody at any given time, so I don't think anybody's really too worried about it."

While Schmidt (0-1) dragged out his sixth-inning collapse, reliever Manny Aybar chose to ingest his poison rapidly. Vinny Castilla hit his first pitch in relief of Schmidt into left field for a two-run single, and Aybar's next offering was deposited onto the arcade in right field by Keith Lockhart for a three-run homer to give the Braves an insurmountable five-run lead.

"It's real deflating," said shortstop Rich Aurilia. "One thing it's a tie ballgame, the next thing you know, two pitches later, you're down five runs. They got the clutch hits. It seemed like they had guys on base every inning and when we had guys on base, we didn't knock them in."

The Giants, who have not advanced past the first round of the playoffs since reaching the World Series in 1989, will need to beat left-hander Tom Glavine on Sunday at home and righty Kevin Millwood on Monday in Atlanta to advance to the National League Championship Series. More >

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 GAME BOX SCORE   BRAVES STATS   GIANTS STATS 
Atlanta Braves 10, San Francisco Giants 2
 
Atlanta AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Furcal, SS 5220020.357
Franco, J, 1B 5121010.231
Sheffield, RF 2200301.100
Jones, C, LF 3211211.333
Gryboski, P 0000000.000
Jones, A, CF 3112202.273
Castilla, 3B 5112013.364
Lockhart, 2B 5124011.286
Blanco, C 5010013.200
Maddux, P 3000011.000
Hammond, P 0000000.000
Remlinger, P 0000000.000
a-Franco, M, PH 1000000.000
Bragg, LF 0000000.000
Totals371010107812 
 
a-Flied out for Remlinger in the 9th.
 
BATTING
3B: Furcal (1, Schmidt).
HR: Lockhart (1, 6th inning off Aybar, 2 on, 1 out).
RBI: Franco, J (1), Castilla 2 (3), Lockhart 4 (4), Jones, C (2), Jones, A 2 (2).
2-out RBI: Lockhart.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Jones, A, Blanco.
Team LOB: 7.
 
BASERUNNING
SB: Franco, J (1, 2nd base off Schmidt/Santiago).
 
FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lockhart-Furcal-Franco, J, Castilla-Franco, J).
 
 
San Francisco AB R H RBI BBSOLOBAVG
Lofton, CF 4120000.333
Aurilia, SS 4000002.154
Kent, 2B 3011010.182
Bonds, LF 3111102.273
Santiago, C 4000002.308
Snow, 1B 3010000.333
Sanders, RF 3000011.182
Bell, 3B 3000020.200
Schmidt, P 2000010.000
Aybar, P 0000000.000
Rodriguez, P 0000000.000
Eyre, P 0000000.000
a-Dunston, PH 1000010.000
Worrell, P 0000000.000
Fultz, P 0000000.000
Nen, P 0000000.000
Witasick, P 0000000.000
Totals30252167 
 
a-Struck out for Eyre in the 8th.
 
BATTING
2B: Kent (2, Maddux).
HR: Bonds (2, 6th inning off Maddux, 0 on, 2 out).
RBI: Kent (1), Bonds (2).
2-out RBI: Bonds.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bonds.
GIDP: Santiago, Sanders.
Team LOB: 3.
 
BASERUNNING
SB: Lofton (1, 2nd base off Maddux/Blanco).
 
Atlanta IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Maddux (W, 1-0) 6.05221313.00
Hammond 1.000001010.80
Remlinger 1.00000100.00
Gryboski 1.00000100.00
 
San Francisco IP H R ER BBSOHRERA
Schmidt (L, 0-1) 5.13444506.75
Aybar 0.22220116.75
Rodriguez 1.10002200.00
Eyre 0.20000000.00
Worrell 0.123310036.00
Fultz 0.0111000--
Nen 0.12000000.00
Witasick 0.10000000.00
 
Fultz pitched to 1 batter in the 9th.

IBB: Bonds (by Maddux), Jones, C (by Schmidt).
HBP: Kent (by Maddux).
Pitches-strikes: Maddux 67-47, Hammond 14-8, Remlinger 13-8, Gryboski 13-8, Schmidt 104-61, Aybar 10-9, Rodriguez 26-15, Eyre 4-2, Worrell 15-8, Fultz 3-2, Nen 6-4, Witasick 6-3.
Ground outs-fly outs: Maddux 10-5, Hammond 2-0, Remlinger 0-2, Gryboski 1-1, Schmidt 6-5, Aybar 1-0, Rodriguez 1-1, Eyre 1-1, Worrell 0-1, Fultz 0-0, Nen 0-1, Witasick 0-1.
Batters faced: Maddux 23, Hammond 3, Remlinger 3, Gryboski 3, Schmidt 23, Aybar 4, Rodriguez 6, Eyre 2, Worrell 4, Fultz 1, Nen 3, Witasick 1.
Inherited runners-scored: Aybar 3-3, Eyre 1-0, Fultz 3-1, Nen 3-3, Witasick 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Ron Kulpa. 1B: Gary Darling. 2B: Steve Rippley. 3B: Mark Hirschbeck. LF: Bruce Froemming. RF: Bill Miller.
Weather: 70 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 0 mph, None.
T: 3:23.
Att: 43,043.
 
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball and the Office of the Commissioner 

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