Monday, February 2, 2009

Crazy Season Opener!

April 4th 1994,

The season opener between the Expos and the Astros at the Metrodome tonight proved to be a wild one.

Ken Caminiti left the game in the 2nd after being hit by a pitch from Jeff Fassero. Fassero then hit the next batter Scott Servais. Andujar Cedeno then hit a double after 2 outs to push Andy Stankiewicz (in for the injured Caminiti) home and take a 1 run lead.

The Expos answered with 5 runs in the 3rd against Pete Harnish. Grissom was on 2nd base from a walk and a stolen base with 2 outs when the Expos exploded. Alou and Walker hit singles, followed by a Fletcher double. Cordero then got a base on balls, followed by singles from Floyd and Berry. 5-1 Expos after 2 and a half.

Fassero started the bottom of the 3rd with a 3rd hit-by pitch on Moulton. After an error by Grissom that led to the 2nd Astros’ point and a walk to Biggio, Jeff Bagwell brought the teams even with a 3 runs shot. A Stankiewicz double with a Cedeno single after 2 outs gave the Astros a 6-5 lead after 3.

The Astros added a run in the 4th (against Fassero) and another in the 5th (against Gil Heredia). The Expos scored one in the 6th against Brian Williams to make it 8-6 Houston.

After 2 outs in the top of the nine the Expos scored 3 runs against Mitch Williams to take a 9-8 lead. Juan Bell provided the lead with a pinch-hit 2 runs single.

The Expos looked like they were about to steal one and sent John Wetteland to finish the game. The first batter he faced, Steve Finley, blasted a 1 run shot over the Right Field fence. Biggio followed with a triple in the left field gap. Finally, Bagwell, who else, produced the winning run with a single.

Game Line
MON 005 001 003 9 13 2
HOU 015 110 002 10 10 0

WP: Mitch Williams
LP: John Wetteland (0-1)
2B: Alou (1), Fletcher (1), White (1), Cedeno, Stankiewicz, Servais
3B: Bass, Biggio
HR: Bagwell, Finley

Jeff Bagwell had a great game hitting 2 for 4 with a HR and 4 RBIs:

NL East Standings:
PHI 1-0 --- 1.000
NYM 1-0 --- 1.000
ATL 1-0 --- 1.000
FLA 0-0 0.5 .000
MTL 0-1 1 .000

Next Game:
Expos @ Astros
K. Hill (0-0) vs. D. Drabek

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