Friday, February 17, 2012

GAME 7 - Expos 4, Phillies 3

GAME 7 - Stade Olympique'
Wayne Twitchell vs Steve Rogers
Expos 4, Phillies 3

Phillie manager Brandon Hayes described the game in one sentence, "I left Twitchell in 1 batter too long and that was the game right there".  Up 1-0 and heading into the bottom of the 4th Wayne Twitchell was having his way with the Expos.  Slumping shortstop, Tim Foli, led off the frame by flying weakly to right.  Ellis Valentine worked out a walk and moved to second on Perez' opposite field single.  Larry Parrish struck out on 3 pitches.  Warren Cromartie lined a single between third and short to score Valentine and move Perez over to third.  "Kid" Carter worked the count full then walked to load the bases.  At this point Hayes contemplated going to the pen, but decided to leave Twitchell in to face an unproved rookie named Andre Dawson.  "Twitch" lost command of the strike zone and needed desperately to throw a strike with the count 2-0 on Dawson.  The third pitch came right down Rue St. Catherines and young Dawson turned on it and cranked a two out bases clearing double off the wall in left center to make it 4-1.  The score would remain the same until the top of the 8th when Rogers began to tire and the Phillies touched him up for 2 runs on a Jay Johnstone homer to make it a 1 run game.  Rookie Dan Schatzeder started the 9th and got pinch hitter Tommy Hutton to ground to third for what looked like a sure out until Larry Parrish booted it.  Joe Kerrigan was brought in from the pen and he was brilliant getting Maddox to fly out to right and Bowa and Schmidt to ground out to end the game.  After 4 tries the Expos were finally able to take one from the Phillies in their 5th shot.  Montreal is now 2-5 and Rogers (2-1, 3.24) has both of their victories.

Real Life Results of this Game:  Expos 2,  Phillies 1
Expos Record:  ARAIG (2-5) vs Real Life (4-3)

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