The ultimate #Braves postseason: World Series Game 1

The ’95 Indians were first in the majors in hits, runs, HR, OPB and slugging. Their team OPS was .839, .002 points lower than Freddie’s in 2015. Starters Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, Carlos Baerga, Kenny Lofton, Jim Thome and Eddie Murray all batted higher than .300.

Fortunately, the Braves had Greg Maddux going in Game 1 of the World Series., and the best pitcher of his generation was never better. He allowed only two hits, both singles, and walked none in  The two runs scored against him were unearned; in the first, Lofton reached on an error, stole second, stole third and scored on a grounder to short by Baerga. The second run scored in the 9th, on a throwing error by Fred McGriff.

The Braves scored all the runs they’d need in the 7th.

With the infield playing at double-play depth, Polonia sent a bouncer to Omar Vizquel at shortstop. It looked like a double play, but Vizquel bobbled the ball and barely managed to step on second base to force Devereaux as McGriff scored for a 2-1 lead.

When Hargrove was asked why he didn’t play the infield in to cut off the run at the plate, he said, “Maddux was so dominant, we decided to give him the one run.”

With the bases still loaded, Rafael Belliard squeezed home Justice with a perfectly placed bunt.

Only two balls reached the outfield. Maddux retired 13 and 12 batters in a row at different points in the game.

Orel Hershiser was stout as well and the score was tied at 1 going into the 7th. But after the Braves loaded the bases with none out, on consecutive walks to Justice and McGriff, Hershiser removed himself from the game, saying he couldn’t locate his release point. Paul Assenmacher got the call and promptly walked Mike Devereaux, loading the bases for new pitcher Julian Tavarez.

Maddux needed just 95 pitches in a game that took just two-and-a-half hours.

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4 comments

  1. I was at that game and was seated next to a group of Indian fans. They were really nice people and were blue collar guys who had driven down from Ohio in a van and were returning to Ohio right after the game. Looking at the team batting statistics, they wondered how in the world the Braves had won anything compared to the Indians. I told them that if Maddux was on, then they would see why pitching is 90% of the game. None of these Indian fans had ever seen Maddux pitch before. At the end of the game, they told me that they had never seen anything like it. “He doesn’t throw that hard!!”, they marveled. In my opinion, 1995 was the finest moment for Greg Maddux. He only pitched one bad game all year, and that was after a bout of flu.

  2. Mike Maddux and the Rangers parted ways today, which means Greg is leaving the organization as well. The Braves would be well advised to offer both of them jobs.

  3. If only.

    Apparently, nothing must be done to disturb FG and that unaccountably popular pitching coach he employs.

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