Friday, February 17, 2012

GAME 5 - Phillies 4,Expos 1

GAME 5 - Stade Olympique'
Steve Carlton vs Don Stanhouse
Phillies 4, Expos 1

With all the pomp an circumstances that surround a home opener this one was had even more excitement.  Montreal's famed Stadie Olympique' opened it's doors to host it's first ever game.  Last season the Expos played their 8th and final season in Parc Jarry.  This season marked a new beginning in a stadium that would seat close to 60,000 fans.  While Parc Jarry was hosting a 107 loss team Stade Olympique was the centerpiece of the world hosting the Summer Olympiad.  Highlighted by Bruce Jenner's gold medal decathlon performance and Nadia Comenici's pefect 10 in gymnastics, the '76 Summer Olympics were a ratings success.  Unfortunately for the province of Quebec the Olympics was not a huge financial success.  With the retractable domed stadium still unpaid for the Expos will surely need to draw a lot of fans and win a lot of games to help pay the bills.  This home opener drew a lot of fans, and certainly helped toward paying some bills, but it did not add to the Expos win column.  Steve Carlton gave up just 1 run in 7 1/3 innings and Ron Reed pitched a perfect 1 2/3 innings to close it out and send the Quebecois home disappointed.  Second year man Ellis Valentine had a 3 hit day, but no one was able to score him.  Valentine had 2 doubles, but wound up being stranded each time.  Greg Luzinski continued his domination of Expo pitching by going 2 for 3 with 2 walks.  Lead off man Jay Johnston went 4 for 5 as the Phillies won 4-1.

Real Life Results of this Game:  Phillies 7, Expos 2
Expos Record:  ARAIG (1-4) vs Real Life (2-3)

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