Blue Jays defeat Braves
4 games to 2
|Game||Date||Winning Team||Losing Team|
|1||Oct. 17||ATL 3||TOR 1|
|2||Oct. 18||TOR 5||ATL 4|
|3||Oct. 20||TOR 3||ATL 2|
|4||Oct. 21||TOR 2||ATL 1|
|5||Oct. 22||ATL 7||TOR 2|
|6||Oct. 24||TOR 4||ATL 3|
Managers: Cito Gaston, TOR; Bobby Cox, ATL
MVP: Pat Borders, TOR: .450, 3 2B, 1 HR, 3 RBI
Path to the World Series
ALCS: Toronto over Oakland (4 games to 2)NLCS: Atlanta over Pittsburgh (4 games to 3)
Tom Glavine, who won 20 regular-season games for the Braves, was dominant in Game 1, allowing just four hits and one run. Meanwhile, Atlanta hitters tallied three runs, all in the sixth inning, against 1991 Series hero Jack Morris. All three runs came courtesy of catcher Damon Berryhill's home run to right field. In Game 2, the Blue Jays trailed 4-3 when they came up in the ninth. With one out, Derek Bell walked, and then pinch-hitter Ed Sprague -- who had homered just once in the regular season -- drilled Jeff Reardon's first pitch over the left-field wall to give Toronto a 5-4 lead, and that's how it ended.
Game 3 in Toronto was a real nail-biter, with the Braves taking a 2-1 lead in the eighth, only to see the Jays tie it up in the bottom of the inning on Kelly Gruber's solo homer. And in the bottom of the ninth, Candy Maldonado's bases-loaded single off Reardon gave Toronto a 3-2 victory. The Blue Jays took a commanding World Series lead in Game 4 with a 2-1 victory, Toronto's Jimmy Key and two relievers combining on a five-hitter.
The Braves staved off elimination in Game 5, thanks to Lonnie Smith, who punished Jack Morris for a grand slam in the fifth inning, pacing Atlanta to an easy 7-2 win behind the pitching of John Smoltz and Mike Stanton.
In Game 6, the Braves trailed 2-1 going to the bottom of the ninth. With runners on first and second, pinch-hitter Francisco Cabrera lined a ball to left field, which nearly got by Maldonado for a two-run double (at least), but didn't. With two outs, though, Otis Nixon singled to tie the game, and they went to extra innings. And in the top of the 11th, Dave Winfield doubled off Charlie Leibrandt to make it 4-2. The Braves scored once in the bottom of the inning and got the potential tying runner to third base, but Mike Timlin retired Nixon on a bunt attempt to end the game and the World Series.