Sunday, February 23, 2014

Jint prevent Spos from sweeping with classic 11 inning victory in game 3



Expos 7, Giants 5
Knepper vs B.Lee


Neither hurler was stellar as both teams combined to bang out 12 runs on 24 hits.  Montreal carried a 6 run lead into the 9th when Bill "Spaceman" Lee ran out of gas and gave up 4.  Stan Bahnsen rode in from the pen to come to the rescue by getting 3 big outs in a row to end it.  Andre Dawson and Tony Perez both had 3 hit days, with "Doggie" knocking it 3 on a pair of homers.  Montreal hit 4 homers in total.  Carter and Dawson chipped in the other 2.  Larry Herndon hit a pair for the Jints.

Expos 6, Giants 4
Halicki vs Sanderson


Scott Sanderson increased his record to 4-0 (0.79) to start this young season by going 8 solid innings.  Two of the three runs yielded by Sanderson were unearned.  Of great concern was the fact that he walked 5 and threw a large number of pitches (145).  Woodie Fryman finised it off with a sloppy 9th that narrowed the gap to two.  Ed Halicki (1-2, 5.46) gave up 11 hits and 6 runs (5 earned) in his 7 subpar innings.  Hawk Dawson had his second 3 hit day in a row to boost his season average to .392.  Warren Cromartie (3-4) was the offensive star knocking in 2 and scoring 2.  Interestingly the game featured 3 triples (Roger Metzger, Terry Whitfield & Gary Carter), but no homers.  Whitfield was 3-4 in a losing cause.

Giants 4, Expos 3 (11 inn)
Blue vs Grimsley


Vida Blue was electric fanning 7 and not allowing a run until the bottom of the 7th when the Expos scored 2 to make it a 1 run game.  To this point the Jints were riding the coatails of Jack Clark's 3 run blast, which broke a scoreless tie in the 6th.  Gary Lavelle came on in the 9th to seal the deal.  After Perez hit one to the warning track, Kid Carter singled.  Jerry White grounded Carter into a force out at second for the second out.  Larry Parrish worked the count to enable White to steal second then singled home White to tie the game and force extra innings.  Neither team scored in the 10th.  In th top of the 11th Mike Ivie worked out a one out walk off of reliever David Palmer, then moved to third on a Bill Madlock single.  Darrell Evans was given an intentional pass to load the bases and creat forces all around and possibly setup an inning ending DP.  Rob Andrews was called upon to pinch hit for Lavelle and he jumped on an inside fastball and rode it to the warning track for a perfectly timed sac fly.  Lefty Dave Roberts came aboard to set down the Expos and save the the win for Lavelle.  After Carter flew out weakly and White grounded to third it looked like the Expos were going to go down easily.  Larry Parrish, who refused to make the final out in the 9th, once again stood stubborn and singled to keep the Expos alive.  Parrish stole second to move into scoring position for shortstop Chris Speier to do some magic of his own.  Speier ripped Roberts pitch right into the glove of his opposite number (LeMaster) to end this exciting contest.

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