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Fred McGriff

Fred McGriff

The 1995 Atlanta Braves season was the 125th season in the history of the franchise and 30th season in the city of Atlanta. The team finished the strike-shortened season with a record of 90–54, the best in the National League, en route to winning the World Series. For the sixth straight season, the team was managed by Bobby Cox.

June 1st, 1995 found them in Atlanta at Fulton County Stadium playing the Los Angeles Dodgers. Unfortunately they would lose 6-3. The Braves losing pitcher was Kent Merker who was 2-2 at that point in the season. It didn’t start out good in the 1st. Merker is rocked and they end the inning down 3. The first 2 batters single and then Roberto Kelly doubles driving both of them in. The next batter, Eric Karros singles and Kelly scores. Not a good start. Not a good ending.

The bottom of the 1st saw Fred McGriff homer driving in Chipper Jones. At least they were back in the game. The Dodgers would surge ahead scoring again in the 3rd and the 7th. The Braves would score one more run in the 4th with Ryan Klesko sacrificing to deep Left Field scoring McGriff.

Merker would pitch 6.2 innings giving up 9 hits and allowing all 6 runs which were all earned. He gave up 3 walks and had 10 strike outs. He would end the 1995 season 7-8 with an overall ERA of .467.

Things would get better. They were about to turn the corner.