Of all the great Atlanta Braves pitchers, none had a more dominant playoff series than Steve Avery’s 1991 NLCS.
After losing the series opener, 5-1, Avery took the mound in Game 2 and served immediate notice, striking out the side in the first.
He allowed only two runners to reach scoring position through the first eight frames. Good thing, because the Braves bats remained ice cold, scoring their second run in the series in the 6th on a Mark Lemke double.
In the bottom of the 9th, Bobby Bonilla led off with a double off Avery, the Pirates’ first extra base hit. Up stepped Barry Bonds. Bobby stuck with his 21-year-old southpaw, who fell behind 3-and-1. Time to panic?
Not Avery, who coaxed a harmless pop-up from Bonds on his 118th pitch. Al Pena came in and got the final two outs, preserving a split in Pittsburgh.
Four days later, Avery returned to the Steel City with the season on the line. More on that game later.