Thursday, April 17, 2014

Les Expos Take Trois from the Bad News Cubs

Chicago continues its nightmarish year, dropping to 26-43 and to last in the NL East by losing three of four to the expansion Expos, who look like a contender rather than a new team against the slip-sliding Cubs (who have only won two of their last 10).

Game One: Mon 1, Cubs 0

Jerry Robertson outduels Bill Hands in a game featuring only five base hits (four by the Expos). Rusty Staub's RBI double in the first is the only scoring.

Game Two: MON 5, Cubs 2

Fergie Jenkins continues to struggle after a stellar 1968, dropping to 7-10 while allowing 10 Montreal hits. Mack Jones leads the scoring with two RBIs and a double behind a wild but effective Howie Reed (1-0).

Game Three: Cubs 11, MON 3

Don Kessinger stops the pain for one game by going four-for-four with four RBIs with two doubles (he now has 15 on the year), as the Cubbies win big and batter Montreal starter Gary Waslewski.

Game Four: Mon 13, Cubs 9

Montreal jumps all over Cubs spot starter Archie Reynolds in the second game of the doubleheader, scoring nine runs in Reynolds' 3.2 innings of work. The Cubs attempt a late comeback, knocking out the Expos' Mike Wegener but have too big a hole to climb. Bob Bailey is the hitting hero with two doubles and three driven in.

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