Monday, February 9, 2009

Bouncing back!

April 18th 1994,

Pedro Martinez resumed his incredible start of the season being once again, well, stellar, helping the Expos coming back to their winning ways. They have now won 5 or their last 6 games.

Following a Mike Lansing single after 2 outs in the top of the third, Wil Cordero, Marquis Grissom and Larry Walker hit consecutive RBI doubles against lefty Bryan Hickerson to take a 3-0 lead. In their 13th game, it was only the second time the Expos were facing a left-handed starter.

The Expos added 2 points in the top of the 6th, that time against Dave Burba who gave up 3 consecutive walks to begin the inning. Cliff Floyd (defensive option) and Martinez (Sacrifice fly) produced the run.

Martinez gave up his only run in the 7th when Kurt Manwaring singled to push Barry Bonds (on second base following a double) home. Pedro gave up 1 run on 3 hits with 2 walks and 9 strikeouts on 7 innings of work.

After Rich Monteleone gave up 2 walks after 1 out in the 8th, Grissom (single) and Walker (double) produced 2 more runs to give the Expos a 7-1 lead.

Jeff Shaw pitched the last 2 innings giving 1 run on a Barry Bonds long ball.

Game Line
MON 003 002 020 7 10 1
SFG 000 000 101 2 5 0

WP: Pedro Martinez (2-0)
LP: Bryan Hickerson
2B: Cordero 2 (5), Grissom (2), Walker 2 (8), McGee, Bonds
HR: Bonds

Marquis Grissom hit 4 for 5 with a double, a run and 2 RBI’s:

NL East Standings:
ATL 13-1 --- .929
NYM 7-5 5 .583
PHI 7-6 5.5 .538
MTL 7-6 5.5 .538
FLA 6-7 6.5 .462

Next Game:
Expos @ Giants
Butch Henry (1-0) 1.17 vs. John Burkett

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