Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Delino who?

April 8th 1994,

Name: Pedro Martinez

The Setup: Martinez gets his 1st start with his new team after being traded by Los Angeles in return from fan favorite Delino DeShields. This is the team’s 1st home game of the season after being swept in Houston. No pressure.

The Result: 8 innings pitched, allowed 1 run on 3 hits with 1 walk and a phenomenal 12 strikeouts! Unfortunately, no decision…

One thing we can say about tonight’s home opener in Montreal, is that Pedro Martinez did not take time to put Montreal’s crowd on his side with a dominating performance. Unfortunately for him, the offense did not show up for him.

The Chicago Cubs opened the score in the 4th when Derrick May singled to push Rey Sanchez home from third. Sanchez was on third following a triple.

The Expos scored their only point against Steve Trachsel from Larry Walker’s first long ball of the season. Just like Pedro, Trachsel gave only 1 point on 3 hits but worked for 7 innings.

We had to wait until the top of the 12th inning to see another point. Against Montreal’s reliever Jeff Shaw, Tuffy Rhodes blasted a 3 runs shot after 2 outs. Rick Wilkins (walk) and Shawon Dunston (single) were on base.

When the Cubs sent closer Randy Myers for the bottom of the 12th and the Expos looked like loosing a 4th game in a row, the offense finally woke up. Alou started the inning with a single. After a Walker strikeout and a Lenny Webster double, Myers walked Cordero to load the bases with one out. Cliff Floyd then produced 2 with a left field single to bring the Expos one point behind. After another walk, this time to Sean Berry, Tim Spehr played the hero with a 2 runs winning single as a pinch hitter, his first at-bat of the season.

Game Line
CHI 000 100 000 003 4 6 0
MON 000 000 100 004 5 9 1

WP: Jeff Shaw (1-0)
LP: Randy Myers
2B: May, Cordero (1), Webster (1)
3B: Sanchez
HR: Rhodes, Walker (1)

Pedro Martinez was the star of the game with 12 strikeouts and only 1 run allowed in 8 innings:

NL East Standings:

ATL 5-0 --- 1.000
NYM 3-1 1.5 .750
PHI 3-1 1.5 .750
FLA 1-3 3.5 .250
MTL 1-3 3.5 250

Next Game: Cubs @ Expos
A. Young vs. J. Fassero (0-0) 13.50

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