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10/22/2001 03:47 AM ET
Glavine comes up short against the Big Unit
By Mark Bowman
Glavine could only scratch his head trying to figure out how to beat Johnson.
ATLANTA -- After his defeat Saturday night, Greg Maddux said there are playoff games in which you just have to throw a shutout in order to win.

On Sunday night, Tom Glavine found out exactly what his longtime pitching mate was talking about. One bad pitch ended up costing him the game and knocked the Braves out of the playoffs as they were defeated, 3-2, by the Diamondbacks at Turner Field.

"I was very relaxed going out there tonight," Glavine said. "I wasn't concerned about going up against Randy Johnson. I was just concerned about going out and pitching well. I felt I had every bit of a chance to give my guys a chance to win as Randy did."

Johnson allowed the Braves two runs in seven innings and Glavine, who was the only Braves pitcher to record a win in the NLCS, allowed three runs (one earned) in five innings. Consequently, Johnson and the D-Backs are moving on to the World Series and the Braves season is complete.

"We made far too many mistakes," Glavine said. "One thing we were good at all season was pitching and defense. You never want to give a team extra outs in an inning."

After committing four errors Saturday night, the Braves came out knowing they would have to eliminate those mistakes when facing a pitcher like Johnson. But Marcus Giles' error in the fifth inning of Sunday's game prolonged the inning, and pinch-hitter Erubiel Durazo took advantage by sending Glavine's 2-2, two-out pitch just inside the right-field foul pole for a homer.

"Glavine pitched great," Maddux said. "He located well, changed speeds. He just got a ball up and [Durazo] hit it oppo [opposite field]. It just doesn't happen often. If it does, the other team usually wins."

Glavine said after the game that the pitch to Durazo was one of the few balls he left up in the zone all night.

"It's unfortunate and obviously disappointing," Glavine said. "But there is nothing you can do about it."

Glavine, who has now started an NLCS record 15 games, came back on three days' rest and got the loss. He is now 5-9 with a 3.31 ERA in NLCS play.

"I thought he threw harder tonight," Bobby Cox said. "I don't know for what reason on three days' rest. I thought he pitched tremendous baseball."

But it just wasn't good enough to win, and Glavine, who played his first season with the Braves in 1987, may find a lot of new faces on the team when he goes to Spring Training next year. John Smoltz and Javy Lopez are among the big names who are free agents and may not be back next year.

"I don't worry about things like that," Glavine said. "A lot of people didn't expect us to be in this situation this year. We'll do everything we can to put a good baseball team together and give ourselves a chance to do better next year."

Mark Bowman is the site reporter for and can be reached at