Thursday, Oct. 17, 1996: Atlanta starts off scoring six runs in the first en route to a 15-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in the deciding game. Tom Glavine pitched seven scoreless innings for the win. Atlanta advances to face the New York Yankees, who win the World Series, 4-2.
That was the good. Now here’s the bad and the ugly:
• The Braves are now 4-3 (.571) in seven Game 7s of a playoff round. The last win coming in 1996.
• Prior to this postseason, Atlanta had gone 0-7 in clinch games since 2001. They lost Game 5 of the 2002, 2003 and 2004 NLDS, the 2012 NL Wild Card Game, and Game 5 of the 2019 NLDS last season. The Braves are now 2-10 in their last 12 clinch games.
• The Braves are 4-8 (.333) in 12 winner take-all games in franchise history.
• This was the Braves’ first meeting with the Dodgers in an NLCS. They had met three times previously in the postseason in the Division Series. Atlanta swept Los Angeles in 1996, while Los Angeles has won each of the last two series, in 2013 and 2018, 3-1.
• Atlanta had a 3-1 lead in a playoff series for the fifth time in franchise history. The Braves had such a lead in the 1958 World Series, 1992 NLCS, 1995 World Series and 1999 NLCS. They would win three of those four series.
The Dodgers had never come back from a 3-1 series deficit to force a Game 7 prior to this series.