Game #19 - Montreal Expos, 1 @ Houston Astros, 8
After their thrilling, 15 inning season opener, the fans in Houston were ready for another nail biter. Fortunately for them, the Astros cruzed to another victory. Hah! Get it? Jose Cruze!? Anyway, on to the game.
It was goose eggs for both teams heading into the bottom of the fifth. Starters Charlie Lea and Bob Knepper were both breezing through their respective lineups. Dickie Thon gapped a triple to score Bill Doran, then scored himself when Jose Cruz hit a sacrifice fly. Two batters later Terry Puhl launched a two run homer to give the Astros a 4-0 lead.
The Expos scored in the top of the sixth when pinch hitter Miguel Dilone tripled in backup catcher Bobby Ramos (Gary Carter was injured), but the Astros picked up another four runs, three of them coming on a Jose Cruz home run. That's all Knepper needed as he completed the game. No revenge for the Expos this game.
Winning Pitcher - Bob Knepper
Losing Pitcher - Charlie Lea
Player of the Game - Knepper, CG, 7K's, 6H's, 1R, 1-2 w/ a run scored and 2 walks
Hall of Famers in the Game - Pete Rose, Andre Dawson
That's all for April 4th - we're three days into the season. I'll try and update the standings and stats tonight. I probably won't have a new post until this weekend so stay tuned. Let me know what you think of the blog if you get a chance in the comments below. Suggestions, etc.