GAME 4 - Three Rivers Steve Rogers vs Bruce Kison Expos 7, Pirates 3
2 for 5 with a homer
It took only until game 4 for the 'Spos to finally get off the "schnied". Steve Rogers, like he did last season, had to go the distance and hope and pray for some offensive support. Rogers, who usually gets 1-2 runs worth of support per start was stunned to get 7 runs on 10 hits. He was so ecstatic he even knocked in a run himself and scored another for good measure. Buc starter Bruce Kison blew a 2-1 lead by giving up 2 runs in the top of the 4th. A pair of Expos, Warren Cromartie and Ellis Valentine, each ripped their first homers of the season. Cromartie was 2 for 5 with 3 RBI's. Valentine was 2 for 4 with 2 runs scored and an RBI. Sandwiched between these young sluggers in the lineup was veteran RBI man Tony "Doggie" Perez, who arrived in an off season deal with the Reds. Perez, who some say was the most important cog in the Big Red Machine, went 2 for 5 and hopes to prove to the rest of the National League, that he still has some more fire in the furnace. The Expos head home to Montreal for the home opener vs the Phills, who shellacked them in their opening series. The home opener is also the debut of Stadie Olymique' as a major league ball park. Expect a gala event as the festivities get going at noon sharp.