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Division Series
10/06/2002 5:02 pm ET 
Glavine, Braves look to advance
By John Schlegel /

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Braves are one win away from their 10th appearance in the last 11 National League Championship Series. The Giants are one loss away from a third postseason disappointment in their last three tries.

That's what it comes down to heading into Sunday's Game 4 of their NL Division Series at Pacific Bell Park. Either the Giants will force a Game 5 on Monday and the overnight trip to Atlanta that goes with it, or the Braves will move on and face the St. Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

Back to The Giants will send right-hander Livan Hernandez (12-16, 4.38 in 2002) to the mound as their fourth starter in this series. Hernandez carries a 5-0 postseason record into the game, including a win over the Braves in Game 5 of the 1997 NLCS as a member of the Marlins.

The Braves send lefty Tom Glavine (18-11, 2.96 in regular season; 0-1, 10.80 in DS) for his second start of the series on three days' rest after being tagged with the loss in San Francisco's 8-5 Game 1 victory.

First pitch is scheduled for 7:55 p.m. Eastern time on a warm San Francisco day.

It's all part of an unprecedented trio of sporting events in the Bay Area that figures to draw around 150,000 fans to three venues.

The Braves-Giants game, expected to draw another sellout crowd approaching the Pacific Bell Park record of 43,043 set Saturday, is only one-third of the fun in the Bay Area.

The Twins and A's were also meeting in an ALDS Game 5 at Network Associates Coliseum across the San Francisco Bay in Oakland, drawing about 35,000. And the 49ers were meeting the Rams in an NFL matchup at Candlestick Park down the bayshore from Pacific Bell Park, drawing a sellout of around 67,000.

John Schlegel is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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