Fernandez Out

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.

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.

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.