Denny Neagle held the Marlins to four hits while striking out 7. A Blauser Homer, McGriff double, and Andrew Jones single drove in the Braves’ runs. The series is tied at 2.
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.
Alex Fernandez has a torn rotator cuff. The injury had occurred prior to game 2 and doctors still cannot understand how he was able to pitch (2-2/3 innings, 5 earned runs). He might be out the all of next season (an possibly, his career might be over). The Marlins not only lose their second best pitcher, but bullpen depth, as Livan Hernandez will start game 6. The Marlins will still have to protect Fernandez in the expansion draft because of a no-trade clause in his contract.
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).
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.
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.
Marlins sweep the Giants with a 6-2 victory. Down 1-0, Devon White hit a grand-slam and the Marlins never looked back. Jeff Kent homered twice to provide the Giants’ only runs. Alex Fernandez pitched 7 innings allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits striking out 5.
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.
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.
Kevin Brown won his 16th game and Robb Nen recorded save number 35 as the Marlins beat the Expos 6-3, officially clinching the National Leagues’ Wild-Card spot.
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.
Garry Sheffield‘s 16th Home Run of the season clinched a come-from-behind victory as the Marlins swept the Orioles, the team with the best record in baseball. Combined with Atlanta’s loss, the Marlins are only down 2 games in the loss column to the Braves.
Craig Counsell‘s first career home run, a grand slam, lead the Marlins to a 7-1 thrashing of the Cardinals. The Marlins are only 4 games behind Atlanta, and 5 ahead of San Francisco for the NL Wild Card.
With an 8-6 come-from-behind victory in Houston and a Braves loss, the Marlins gained another game on the Braves. The Marlins are only 3 out in the loss column while the Braves have played 3 more games. Alex Fernandez continues to dominate striking out ten to improve his record to 15-8. Nen saves his 30th game in 36 attempts.