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GAME 7 - 1993 SERIES

ATLANTA (Tom Glavine 20-10) at CALIFORNIA (Greg Maddux 13-7)

Starting Lineup

1 Herm Winningham CF
2 Gary Templeton SS
3 Lou Whitaker 2B
4 Dave Justice RF
5 Brian Hunter 1B
6 Sam Horn 3B
7 Mike Scioscia C
8 Jeff Blauser DH
9 Mike Devereaux LF

1 Shane Mack CF
2 Kent Anderson SS
3 Don Slaught C
4 Tim Salmon RF
5 Dante Bichette LF
6 Brook Jacoby 3B
7 Robby Thompson 2B
8 Clint Hurdle 1B
9 Kevin McReynolds DH

Atlanta looked to a quick start as Herm Winningham led off with a single but Gary Templeton grounded into a doubleplay.

Don Slaught hit a two-out single in the first for the hometown Angels but Salmon popped out to end the inning. Glavine cruised through the second and struck out the side in the third. In the bottom of the 4th, the Angels staged a mini-rally after singles from Anderson and Salmon. However, Glavine got Bichette to pop up to short center and with two out Jacoby hit a screeching drive but it was right at Atlanta thirdbaseman Sam Horn. Meanwhile, Maddux was mowing the Braves down and had not allowed a hit since the Winningham leadoff single.

Maddux retired the Braves in order in the top of the fifth before the Angels bats came alive. Robby Thompson stroked a lead-off single and after Hurdle hit into a fielder's choice Kevin McReynolds singled. A Shane Mack base hit scored Hurdle with the game's first run. Kent Anderson followed with a sacrifice fly that was deep enough for McReynolds to tag and make it 2-0. Glavine retired Don Slaught to end the 5th but the damage had been done.

Another 1-2-3 inning for Maddux and Glavine recovered and retired the Angels in order in the 6th.

Trailing 2-0, Lou Whitaker ripped a 1-out double in the top of the 7th. It was just the second hit Maddux had surrendered. Justice worked Maddux for a walk. Brian Hunter hit a slow roller to Angel second baseman Robby Thompson. They forced Justice at second but the throw to first was not in time. Hunter beat it out and Whitaker moved to third with 2 away. Sam Horn stepped to the plate. Horn, a slow footed slugger with 259 homers to his name surprised everyone with just the 8th triple of his 7 year career, tying the game at 2. The Braves, losers of 3 straight, were back in business.

Glavine retired the Angels in order in the bottom of the 7th and Maddux did the same to Atlanta in the top half of the 8th inning. After 3 foul balls on a full count, Glavine gave Shane Mack a free pass to lead off the home half of the 8th. Anderson laid down a nifty sacrifice to move Mack into scoring position. Don Slaught was up next and the California catcher bounced an easy grounder to Atlanta shortstop Gary Templeton. Templeton spent just a hair too long looking back Mack at second, as a result he rushed his throw to first and it was in the dirt. Slaught was safe at first and Mack moved on to third with just one away. Tim Salmon was looking for a sac fly to give the Angels a lead but instead he popped out to Lou Whitaker.

There were 2 away now in the bottom of the 8th with runners on the corners. Dante Bichette came to the plate. Bichette's 3 run homer in Game 5 was the key blow in California's 7-4 win and he drove in the winning run in Game 6. Here was his chance to play hero for the third time. The Braves elected to go with Glavine rather than call on Greg McMichael or Jeff Dedmon from the pen. It would come back to haunt them as Bichette's bloop single found a hole in the infield and made it 3-2 California. Brook Jacoby grounded out to end the inning but the damage was done.

Just 3 outs away from an improbbale comeback, the Angels relieved Maddux with closer Bryan Harvey. Harvey was in search of his 4th save of the postseason to go with the 35 he had during the year. He would face Templeton, Whitaker and Justice. The Braves had the players they wanted up in this situation but each of the three grounded out and the series was over. California would win 3-2 and complete a rally from a 3-0 series deficeit.

The Braves have never won a World Series in the 93 years the franchise has been around, and have now dropped 8 Fall Classic's. This loss had to hurt the most but there were others that were nearly as painful for Braves fans whether they be in Boston early in the century or more recently in Atlanta.

In 1924 the Braves were up 3 games to 2 over Babe Ruth and the Yankees but lost games 6 and 7 at home. Ruth hit 4 homers in the final two games to dash the hopes of Boston's other team.

1948 was also a tough loss to take for the Braves as they were beaten by their cross-town rival Red Sox in 5 games.

In 1975 the Red Sox were again the opponent, this time in a 7 game series. Atlanta won game 6 but the Braves fell at home in Game 7 by a 5-2 score. Dave Concepcion's bases loaded double was the big blow for Boston in that one.

The Braves lost in 6 games in both 1983 and 1985. California won game 6 in 11 innings for the Angels first World Championship in 1983. In 1985, a Brett Butler throwing error in the bottom of the 9th inning allowed Dave Concepcion (him again) to score the winner in game 6 as Kansas City beat the Braves 4-3.
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