Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pay your Dues

4/24/78 - Stadie Olympique'
Rasmussen (1-2) vs M.Ray (3-1)
Expos 6, Cardinals 3

Ellis Valentine singled home Andre Dawson in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 3-3.  Three consecutive singles by Cromartie, Cash and Dawson gave a shaky Rudy May a 4-3 lead.  Two insurance runs in the 8th, including a Tony Perez solo blast, helped the Expos double up the Cardinals 6-3.

Urrea (0-2) vs Dues (1-0)
Expos 4, Cardinals 0

Notched a save & shutout in series
Montreal pressed reliever Hal Dues into service to start and he rewarded his team with a complete game 4 hit shutout.  Cromartie, Cash and Speier each had 2 hit days.  The top of the Expo lineup each had an RBI.  Dues actually walked (4) more guys than he struck out (2).  Jerry Mumphrey had 3 of the Cards 4 hits.

Denny (1-1) vs Twitchell (0-4)
Cardinals 5, Expos 1

Wayne Twitchell cemented his role as "the weakest link in the rotation" by dropping his 4th straight decision.  St. Louis scratched out 3 runs in the top of the first off of Montreal's beleaguered starter.  The Cards scored on hits, walks, wild pitches and errors.  8 men came to bat in the first.  After Keith Hernandez led off the top of the 3rd with a walk, catcher Ted Simmons hit a 2 run shot to make it 5-0.  Montreal didn't score until the bottom of the 6th when Tony Perez singled home Dave Cash.  That would be the only run that John Denny would allow on the day as the Cards salvaged the series finale.

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