I was supremely confident the Braves would return to the World Series, even after losing Game 1 of the 1993 NLCS. Sure, the Phils won 97 games and had a formidable offense but their pitching was no match for the Braves’ staff.
It definitely appeared that way in Game 2 as the Braves battered Tommy Greene and six relievers for 14 runs. With the series returning to Atlanta and Glavine, Smoltz and Avery scheduled to pitch, I figured we’d seen our last of Philadelphia.
Trailing 2-0 entering the 6th inning of Game 3, the Braves offense woke up, batting around to score five runs. One inning later, a Pendleton single and a bases-clearing double by the Lemmer gave the Braves a 9-2 lead and a plus-17 run differential for the series. World Series, here we come (again).
Four days later, the season ended on the Astroturf in the Vet. As was so often the case in the team’s postseason history, the bullpen deserved much of the blame.