1995 National League Division Series

1995 National League Division Series

Infobox LDS

year = 1995
champion1 = Atlanta Braves (3)
champion1_manager = Bobby Cox
champion1_games = 90-54, .625, GA: 21
runnerup1 = Colorado Rockies (1)
runnerup1_manager = Don Baylor
runnerup1_games = 77-67, .535, GB: 1
date1 = October 3October 7
television1 = NBC (Game 1-2)
ABC (Game 3-4)
announcers1 = Pete Van Wieren and Larry Dierker (Game 1-3)
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver (Game 4)
champion2 = Cincinnati Reds (3)
champion2_manager = Davey Johnson
champion2_games = 85-59, .590, GA: 9
runnerup2 = Los Angeles Dodgers (0)
runnerup2_manager = Tommy Lasorda
runnerup2_games = 78-66, .542, GA: 1
date2 = October 3October 6
television2 = NBC (Game 1-2)
ABC (Game 3)
announcers2 = Greg Gumbel and Joe Morgan (Game 1-2)
Al Michaels, Jim Palmer, and Tim McCarver (Game 3)
umpires2 = John McSherry, Jerry Layne, Joe West, Terry Tata, Harry Wendelstedt, Charlie Reliford (Atlanta-Colorado, Games 1-2; Cincinnati-Los Angeles, Game 3)
Ed Montague, Bob Davidson, Eric Gregg, Frank Pulli, Bruce Froemming, Gary Darling (Cincinnati-Los Angeles, Games 1-2; Atlanta-Colorado, Games 3-4)
The by|1995 National League Division Series (NLDS), the opening round of the 1995 National League playoffs, began on Tuesday, October 3, and ended on Saturday, October 7, with the champions of the three NL divisions – along with a "wild card" team – participating in two best-of-five series. As a result of both leagues realigning into three divisions in by|1994, it marked the first time in major league history that a team could qualify for postseason play without finishing in first place in its league or division. The teams were:

*(1) Atlanta Braves (Eastern Division champion, 90-54) vs. (4) Colorado Rockies (Wild Card, 77-67): Braves win series, 3-1.
*(2) Cincinnati Reds (Central Division champion, 85-59) vs. (3) Los Angeles Dodgers (Western Division champion, 78-66): Reds win series, 3-0.

"The higher seed (in parentheses) had the home field advantage, which was not tied to playing record but was predetermined – a highly unpopular arrangement which was discontinued after the 1997 playoffs. Also, the team with home field "advantage" was required to play the first two games on the road, with potentially the last three at home, in order to reduce travel."

The Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds went on to meet in the NL Championship Series (NLCS). The Braves became the National League champion, and defeated the American League champion Cleveland Indians in the 1995 World Series.


Atlanta Braves vs. Colorado Rockies

Atlanta wins the series, 3-1

Cincinnati Reds vs. Los Angeles Dodgers

Cincinnati wins the series, 3-0

Atlanta vs. Colorado

Game 1, October 3

Coors Field in Denver, ColoradoLinescore
WP=Alejandro Pena (1-0)|LP=Curt Leskanic (0-1)|SV=Mark Wohlers (1)
RoadHR=Marquis Grissom (1), Chipper Jones 2 (2)|HomeHR=Vinny Castilla (1)|

Game One was a match-up between aces: Greg Maddux for the Atlanta Braves and Kevin Ritz for the Colorado Rockies. Ritz and Maddux worked their way out of minor trouble early on, but, in the top of the 3rd, Marquis Grissom broke the scoreless tie with a solo shot to make it 1-0. However, the Rockies soon answered in the bottom of the 4th. After Maddux got Dante Bichette to ground out, he walked Larry Walker. Then a single by Andres Galarraga moved Walker to third. Ellis Burks's sac fly brought Walker home. The next batter, Vinny Castilla would hit a two-run homer to give Colorado its first lead of the night. But the Braves weren't about to give in to the 3 to 1 deficit. In the top of the 6th, Chipper Jones led off with a solo home run to make it a one run game. David Justice then walked just before a single by Ryan Klesko. An error during the play by Burks moved Justice to third. Luis Polonia would then reach on a fielder's choice, bringing Justice home to tie the game. The Braves would load the bases, but Maddux struck out to end the inning. In the top of the 8th, Mike Munoz took the mound for Colorado. He got two quick outs, but surrendered a single to Klesko. Darren Holmes came in to try and end the inning, but then gave up a single to Javy López. Dwight Smith followed with a pinch-hit RBI single to center to give the Braves a 4-3 lead. With time running out, the Rockies staged a rally in the bottom half of the inning. Bichette walked, then moved to third on a single by Walker and an error by Justice on the play. Galarraga would then reach on a fielder's choice, with Walker out at second. Alejandro Pena came on to face Burks with one out. Burks would double to tie the game at 4 a piece, but Pena got the next two outs. Curt Leskanic came on in the top of the ninth to preserve the tie. He got two outs, but gave up a solo home run to Chipper Jones. The Braves now had a 5 to 4 lead. But the Rockies were able to rally in the bottom half. With one out, Mike Kingery singled and was followed by another single by Bichette. Walker was then walked, loading the bases with only one out. That put the winning run in scoring position. Wohlers, however, was able to get Galarraga and Lance Painter to strike out to end the game and give the Braves a well-earned victory.

Game 2, October 4

Coors Field in Denver, ColoradoLinescore
WP=Alejandro Pena (2-0)|LP=Mike Munoz (0-1)|SV=Mark Wohlers (2)
RoadHR=Marquis Grissom 2 (3)|HomeHR=Larry Walker (1)|

Game 2 matched Atlanta pitcher Tom Glavine against the man who made the final out in Game 1, Lance Painter. Marquis Grissom gave the Braves an early lead with a lead off home run in the top of the 1st. Glavine then held the Rockies to one hit in the first two innings. In the top of the third, the Braves struck again when Mark Lemke singled and Chipper Jones had a bunt single. After Fred McGriff struck out, David Justice walked to load the bases with only one out. Javy López's sac fly made it 2-0, but the Braves could muster no more runs as Ryan Klesko struck out to end the inning. In the top of the 4th, Grissom again went deep with two outs to make it 3-0 Braves. All was silent until the bottom of the 6th. With one man out, Ellis Burks reached on an error by Jeff Blauser. Dante Bichette then singled to center to put runners on the corners. Then, Larry Walker brought the Rockies back into the game with a mammoth three-run home run to tie the game at 3. In the bottom of the 8th, the Rockies took the lead when Andres Galarraga drove home Bichette with a double after Bichette had reached with a double of his own. The Rockies were now three outs away from tying the series at one game a piece. But the Braves would not give in. Jones doubled to left to lead off the top of the 9th, then came home on a single by McGriff to tie the game. With two outs now, Mike Devereaux singled, then Mike Mordecai followed with another single that drove home McGriff to give the Braves the lead. An error by Mike Young allowed two more runs to score to give the Braves a convincing 7-4 ninth inning lead. Mark Wohlers saved the game in the bottom half to give the Braves a 2 games to none lead going home.

Game 3, October 6

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, GeorgiaLinescore
WP=Darren Holmes (1-0)|LP=Mark Wohlers (0-1)|SV=Mark Thompson (1)
RoadHR=Eric Young (1), Vinny Castilla (2)|HomeHR=|

The potential clincher pitted Bill Swift against John Smoltz. A wild pitch by Smoltz allowed Eric Young to score to make it 1-0 Rockies. Then Young made it 3-0 when he homered with one man on in the 3rd. But the Braves put together three runs in the 4th thanks to an RBI double by Ryan Klesko and a 2 run single by Javy López. During the final play of the inning, Jeff Blauser struck out and sprained his ankle in doing so, putting him on the bench for the rest of the postseason. The Rockies quickly responded with a 2 run homer by Vinny Castilla in the 6th. But the Braves would chip away at the score in the 7th when Mike Mordecai doubled home Klesko. Then in the 9th, with the Rockies leading 5-4, the Braves would tie the game thanks to a 2 out, pinch hit RBI single by Luis Polonia. With Mark Wohlers on the mound in the 10th, the Rockies would put together back-to-back RBI singles to make it 7-5. Mark Thompson got the Rockies their first ever postseason win.

Game 4, October 7

Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta, GeorgiaLinescore
WP=Greg Maddux (1-0)|LP=Bret Saberhagen (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Dante Bichette (1), Vinny Castilla (3)|HomeHR=Fred McGriff 2 (2)|

Greg Maddux was matched against Bret Saberhagen, who was hoping to keep Colorado's momentum intact. The game was scoreless into the third when Dante Bichette launched a three run homer with one out in the top of the 3rd. It silenced the crowd, hoping to see their Braves finally win it all for the first time in four tries. But the Braves would respond in the bottom of the 3rd. A two-out, two-run double by Chipper Jones made it a one run game. Then Fred McGriff homered to give the Braves the lead for good. An error by Eric Young made it 5-3 on a fielder's choice by Rafael Belliard in the bottom of the 4th. Then Ryan Klesko doubled Belliard home to make it 6-3. A barrage of singles and doubles made the final score 10-4 and the Braves would advance to the 1995 National League Championship Series.

Composite Box

1995 NLDS (3-1): Atlanta Braves over Colorado RockiesLinescore
Road=Atlanta Braves
Home=Colorado Rockies
H1=1|H2=0|H3=5|H4=3|H5=0|H6=6|H7=0|H8=2|H9=0|H10=2|HR=19|HH=41|HE=7Total Attendance: 201,430 Average Attendance: 50,358|

Cincinnati vs. Los Angeles

Game 1, October 3

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Home=Los Angeles|HomeAbr=LAD
WP=Pete Schourek (1-0)|LP=Ramón Martinez (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=Benito Santiago (1)|HomeHR=Mike Piazza (1)|

Pete Schourek faced Ramón Martínez in Game 1. Back-to-back singles with one out got the rally started in the top of the 1st for the Reds. After Reggie Sanders popped out, Hal Morris struck the game's first blow by doubling home the two runners on base. Then Benito Santiago hit a two run homer to make it 4-0 Reds. A 4 run lead in the first was more than enough for Schourek. A sac fly and a double scored 3 more runs in the top of the 5th. The Dodgers were rendered helpless, getting two runs on a sac fly and a homer by Mike Piazza. The Reds would win Game 1 7-2.

Game 2, October 4

Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, CaliforniaLinescore
Home=Los Angeles|HomeAbr=LAD
WP=Dave Burba (1-0)|LP=Antonio Osuna (0-1)|SV=Jeff Brantley (1)
RoadHR=Reggie Sanders (1)|HomeHR=Eric Karros 2 (2)|

Former 20 game winner John Smiley faced Ismael Valdez in Game 2. Eric Karros, who would drive in all the Dodger runs, got them on the board first with an RBI double in the 1st. But Reggie Sanders brought the Reds back with a two run homer in the top of the 4th. But, Karros would immediately respond with a leadoff homer to tie the game at 2. Raúl Mondesí would be ejected from the game in between innings in the 8th on his way to right field. He bad mouthed the umpire Bob Davidson for a play at home in the 7th that went the Reds' way. In the 8th, the Reds took the lead on a Barry Larkin single that scored Mariano Duncan. A fielder's choice and an RBI single made it 5-2 Reds in the 9th. A leadoff single off Jeff Brantley gave the Dodgers life. With one out, Karros hit his second home run of the game to make it 5-4 and that gave him 4 RBIs for the day. But Brantley got the next two men out to save Game 2 and give the Reds a two game lead going to Cincinnati.

Game 3, October 6

Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati, OhioLinescore
Road=Los Angeles|RoadAbr=LAD
WP=David Wells (1-0)|LP=Hideo Nomo (0-1)|SV=
RoadHR=|HomeHR=Ron Gant (1), Bret Boone (1), Mark Lewis (1)|

Soon-to-be-named National League Rookie of the Year Hideo Nomo faced playoff-savvy David Wells. A two run homer by Ron Gant got the scoring started for the Reds in the 3rd. The Dodgers would cut the lead in half on an RBI single by Raúl Mondesí in the 4th. But the game and the series got away in a hurry. A Bret Boone homer in the bottom of the 4th made it 3-1. Then, in the 6th, Nomo began to lose his control, giving up two singles and a wild pitch. Then pinch hitter Mark Lewis came up with the bases loaded and socked a grand slam to make it 7-1 Reds. Ultimately, the Dodgers would change pitchers five times as the Reds clobbered the Dodgers in the third and final game 10-1. They would advance to the 1995 National League Championship Series.

Composite Box

1995 NLDS (3-0): Cincinnati Reds over Los Angeles DodgersLinescore
Road=Cincinnati Reds
Home=Los Angeles Dodgers
H1=1|H2=0|H3=0|H4=2|H5=1|H6=1|H7=0|H8=0|H9=2|HR=7|HH=31|HE=2Total Attendance: 143,526 Average Attendance: 47,842|


"The Braves a strike away from advancing..a half swing and they'll go to Cincinnati for the National League Championship Series." - Pete Van Wieren, calling the final out, Atlanta vs. Colorado


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