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.

NLCS Rotation Set

Jim Leyland will use a 3 man rotation with 4 pitchers in the NLCS. Kevin Brown (1-0, 2.14 ERA vs. Braves) to start game 1. Brown will pitch game 4 and, if necessary, 7 on only 3 days rest. Alex Fernandez (2-0, 3.86 ERA vs. Braves) will start games 2 and 6. Tony Saunders (3-0, 1.65 ERA vs. the Braves) will start game 3 in Florida and Al Leiter (0-1, 2.57 ERA vs. Braves) will start game 5 in Florida. Leiter pitches in this slot because he has a very good record at home but a relatively poor one on the road.

1997 NLDS Game 2: Marlins 7 – Giants 6 (W: Nen)

Moises Alou’s first post-season hit drove in Gary Sheffield in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Marlins to a 7-6 victory over the Giants. Sheffield had walked, homered, doubled, and singled in the game. Robb Nen blew the save, but earned the win. Bonilla hit a two-run home run in the first. The Marlins are one win away from the National League Championship Series.

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.

Marlins Can Clinch Tonight

The Florida Marlins can officially claim the National League Wild-Card by beating the New York Mets, tonight at 7:05 at Pro Player Stadium. This would be the first playoff appearance for the 5-year old club. The Marlins can also clinch with a Dodgers Loss.

Pat Rapp Traded

The Marlins traded RHP Pat Rapp to the San Francisco Giants for two prospects. Livan Hernandez claims the fourth spot in the Marlins pitching rotation.