1997 NLCS Game 5: Marlins 2 – Braves 1 (W: Hernandez, L: Maddux)

Livan Hernandez struck out 15 Braves to lead the Marlins to a 2-1 victory and a 3-2 series lead over the Braves. The 15 strikeouts tied a Major League Championship record and set a National League Championship record. This was Livan’s longest career outing, throwing 142 pitches in a complete game.

Bobby Bonilla accounted for 3 of the Marlins’ hits driving in the first run and scoring the winning run. In a key moment, in the 8th inning, Charles Johnson threw out Lofton attempting to steal second ending the Braves’ threat.

1997 NLCS Game 3: Marlins 5 – Braves 2 (W: Hernandez, L: Smoltz, S: Nen)

Charles Johnson’ two-out bases-loaded double brought in 3 runs to lead the Marlins’ to a 5-2 victory over the Braves and a 2-1 series lead. A Sheffield home-run in the 4th tied the game at 2. John Smoltz and Tony Saunders battled for nearly 6 innings. Livan Hernandez, Dennis Cook, and Rob Nen held the Braves scoreless for the last 3 innings to complete the win. Kevin Brown has a viral infection and has been pushed back to game 5. It is unclear who will start game 7, if necessary.

1997 NLCS Game 2: Braves 7 – Marlins 1 (W: Glavine, L: Fernandez)

Tom Glavine pitched 7-2/3 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits to lead the Braves to a 7-1 dumping of the Marlins. Chipper Jones hit a home run, singled 3 times, scoring 2 runs and driving in 3. Kurt Abbott had two hits for the Marlins and Devon white had the other hit, and only RBI, for the Marlins.

Alex Fernandez struggled allowing 5 runs in 2-2/3 innings. It was later discovered that Fernandez pitched with a torn rotator cuff. While the loss was disappointing, the Marlins were able to pull out a split in Atlanta, with 3 games at home this weekend. Moises Alou did not play with injuries to his wrist and shoulder. It is unknown if he will be available for Friday’s game. Charles Johnson committed his first error of the year (playoffs don’t count against his Major League record).

1997 NLCS Game 1: Marlins 5 – Braves 3 (W: Brown, L: Maddux, S: Nen)

3 unearned runs in the first inning carried the Marlins to a 5-3 victory over Maddux and the Braves. All 5 runs were unearned.

Kevin Brown did not dominate, allowing 3 earned runs, 2 on solo home runs by C. Jones and McGriff. Alou doubled in the first allowing Renteria, Sheffield, and Conine to score. He also drove in Sheffield on a ground out in the third. Charles Johnson followed with a double scoring Bonilla (5-1 Marlins at that point). From that point, Brown, Cook, and Powell limited the Braves to 2 runs leading into Robb Nen’s perfect ninth.

1997 NLDS Game 1: Marlins 2 – Giants 1 (W: Cook)

Marlins take a 1-0 lead over the Giants with a 2-1 come-from-behind victory. Charles Johnson the game at 1 with a home run to left field. Edgar Renteria drove in Johnson in the bottom of the ninth, with two outs, to score the winning run. Two good innings by Dennis Cook earned him the win. Brown pitched 7 innings allowing 4 hits and 1 earned run.