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Saturday, March 30, 2013

"Ross-ville" - 'Spos take 2 of 3 from Jints

Stadie Olympique'
SFG 8, MON 7 (11 inn)

Once again the Expos were forced to battle back from a huge deficit courtesy of the philantropist on the hill, Wayne Twitchell.  Before the hometown fans could even get in their seats Twitchell spotted the Jints a 3-0 lead.  By the middle of the 4th that lead ballooned to 5-0.  The young 'Spos chipped away at the lead and when they scored 4 runs in the 6th the game was tied 7-7.  Montreal had 3 great chances to go ahead, but twice the golden arms of Giant outfielders pegged runner at the plate to end innings.  In the top of the 11th Terry Whitfield led off with a homer off Dan Schatzeder to give SF the lead and eventually the game.

MON 1, SFG 0

Ross Grimsley scattered 9 hits, while striking out 2 and
walking none en-route to a complete game shutout.  The man with the 'fro upped his record to 8-3 and downed his ERA to an even 2.00.  Montreal scored the lone run of the game off hard luck loser, Ed Halicki, in the bottom of the 2nd.  "Doggie" Perez led off with a double, then moved to third on a Ellis Valentine safety.  "Kid" Carter lined a single to score Perez.  Halicki struck out the next 2 batters (Dawson/Parrish) and got Grimsley to ground out to short to end the inning without any further damage.  With Grimsley dominating on the hill that 1 run would loom large.

MON 3, SFG 1

Steve Rogers went the distance while throwing 2 pitches short of an even 150.  This is 1978 and no one could care one iota about pitch counts.  Giant hitter would have wished that the bearded one left after 100 pitches.  Rogers gave up just 1 run in this complete game effort to move his record to 7-3 with a stingy 1.91 ERA.  The Expos scored solo runs in the 1st, 5th and 8th.  Waren Cromartie and Chris Speier both had 2 hit days.  San Fran left a whopping 11 runners on base.  Montreal recovered from their poor baserunning in the opener to win this one with their feet.  Aging future HOF'er Willie McCovey made the final out popping out to first with the tying runs on.

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