October 4, 1997 in Sports

Marlins Sweep Giants In First Playoff Series White’s Grand Slam Puts Game Out Of Reach, Brings On Braves

Associated Press
 

This time, Florida didn’t wait until the bottom of the ninth to finish off the Giants.

Devon White hit a grand slam in the sixth inning and Alex Fernandez pitched seven strong innings as the Marlins defeated San Francisco 6-2 Friday night to complete a three-game sweep of their National League division series.

Florida, in the postseason for the first time in its five-season history, advanced to the N.L. Championship Series against the Atlanta Braves, who swept the Houston Astros.

The Florida-Atlanta series, which starts Tuesday, will feature the clubs with the two biggest payrolls in the N.L. The Marlins went 8-4 in the season series against the Braves.

Florida scored a run in the bottom of the ninth to win each of the first two games against the Giants. White made sure Friday’s game, on a chilly San Francisco evening, would not be as dramatic.

With two outs in the sixth and the Giants leading 1-0, Moises Alou lined a single to center, Jeff Conine singled off the glove of third baseman Bill Mueller and Charles Johnson walked, loading the bases.

On a 2-and-1 count, White lined Wilson Alvarez’ 113th pitch into the left-field bleachers.

“In that situation, Wilson was struggling,” said White, who has hit six regular-season slams. “I was just trying to put the ball in play hard.”

Johnson and Craig Counsell added RBI doubles for Florida in the eighth. Both runs were charged to Roberto Hernandez, who had a 20.25 ERA in in the series.

Jeff Kent hit a pair of solo homers and had three hits, but the Giants - who have lost seven consecutive postseason games - could do little else against Fernandez.

Kent homered in the fourth and sixth innings. In the sixth, Mueller led off with a single, but was caught stealing as Bonds took a called third strike on a full count.

San Francisco’s first two batters reached in the seventh, but Fernandez struck out Brian Johnson and pinch-hitter Marvin Benard, then retired Stan Javier on a routine grounder to shortstop.

Marlins 6, Giants 2

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Florida IP H R ER BB SO AFrndz W,1-0 7 7 2 2 0 5 Cook 1 0 0 0 1 0 Nen 1 0 0 0 1 1 San Francisco IP H R ER BB SO Alvarez L,0-1 6 6 4 4 4 4 Tavarez 1 0 0 0 1 0 RHernandez 2/3 2 2 2 1 1 RRodriguez 0 1 0 0 0 0 Beck 1-1/3 1 0 0 0 1 Cook pitched to 1 batter in the 9th, RRodriguez pitched to 1 batter in the 8th.

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