Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Expos hurlers quiet Braves bats

Earns firs win of the season
May 16, 1969  Montreal:  Despite walking seven batters Bill Stoneman allowed only one run in six innings of work in the Expos 4-1 win over Atlanta.  Stoneman left with the game tied at one.  Reliever Carroll Sembera (1-0) threw a scoreless inning to pick up the win.  Lefty Dan McGinn threw two scoreless innings to pick up his second save of the season.  Claude Raymond (0-1) was pinned with the loss allowing three runs in 1.1 innings.

Atlanta took the lead in the top of the fourth as Mike Lum lined a double to left center.  It looked like Stoneman was going to work his way out of the jam as Francona and Boyer were retired with Lum now at third.  However, catcher Bob Tillman doubled down the third base line scoring Lum.

The Expos managed to tie the game in the sixth.  Don Bosch doubled to right center to start the inning.  After Maury Wills bunted him to third Mack Jones singled to right center plating Bosch.

Montreal took the lead for good in the seventh.  John Bateman led off the inning with his third homer of the season to give the Expos a 2-1 lead.  Pinch hitter Floyd Wicker reached first on an infield single.  After Bosch and Wills grounded out and advanced Wicker to third Braves manager Lum Harris gave the signal to walk Staub.  That proved to be a mistake as hot hitting Mack Jones laced a triple down the right field line scoring Wicker and Staub.

The win broke a six game losing skid for the Expos.

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