GAME 1 - The Vet
Steve Rogers vs Steve Carlton
Phillies 5, Expos 3
Steve Rogers has been tasked with the responsibility of carrying Montreal's staff on his shoulders this season. The weight must have been so intense that Rogers collapsed immediately and gave up 3 runs to the Phightin's in the bottom of the 1st. The "Bull", Greg Luzinski got Philly on the board first with an RBI single to left to score Larry Bowa. Jay Johnstone followed that up with an RBI double off the right field wall to make it 2-0. Tommy Hutton had a seeing eye single go under the outstretched glove of short stop Tim Foli to score Johnstone and stake Lefty Carlton to a 3-0 lead. The "Kid", Gary Carter's 389 foot solo blast in the top of the 4th make the score 3-1. Rookie Andre Dawson's triple of the left field wall scored Carter in the top of the 7th to make it a 1 run ball game. Warren Cromartie's grounder to short tied the game by plating Dawson. Montreal, who lost well over 100 games the previous year, showed a lot of moxie by battling back. Their euphoria was not to last long as the Phightins showed why they won the ARAIG 1976 championship with 2 small ball runs in the next two innings to put the upstart Expos away. Newcomber Richie Hebner paid immediate dividends in the 8th with an RBI double that was just inside the chalk on the first base line. Hebner's double scored Ted Sizemore to provide a key insurance run as Carlton posted his first win of the season and Gene Garber notched his first save. The Expos managed to get 3 runs on 3 hits, while the Phightin's posted 5 runs on 12 hits. 2 Expo errors led to 2 unearned Phillie runs.
Real Life Results of this Game: Expos 4, Phillies 3
Expos Record: ARAIG (0-1) vs Real Life (1-0)