April 23, 2002 - Game 20
Expos win their fourth in a row with 5-4 win over the Brewers
Unfortunately even the winning isn't bringing the fans out. Only 3,561 showed up in
Montreal, a season-low crowd. They missed a good win by the Expos. Montreal played hot
potato with the ball and made three errors, which lead to all four runs being unearned.
They overcame it behind the pitching of Tomo Ohka, who couldn't even get out of the first
inning in his last start, but went six innings for the win, his second on the year.
He gave up six hits and struck out four as he gutted it out to give the Expos their
fourth win in a row.
The Brewers were riding a four-game winning streak themselves, so something had to give.
"We didn't play good defense tonight, but we stayed together and we picked each other up,"
Expos manager Frank Robinson said. Speaking of Robinson, he recorded his 692nd career
victory, moving him into sole possession of 73rd place all-time, ahead of former
Expos manager Felipe Alou.
Jose Vidro and Vladimir Guerrero continue to pound the baseball as they both had two
hits on the night, Guerrero getting two RBIs on a two-run single in the third. Now
Vidro sits at .342 and Guerrero is hitting .346, and leads the NL in RBIs with 23.
Also in the fourth Brad Wilkerson had a two-run single that scored Guerrero and
The Expos won despite three errors and twelve men left on base as they continue
to battle no matter what happens throughout the game. Peter Bergeron, who couldn't get
on base last year, might not have the high average, but his OBP is over .400 and he
again reached base via the walk twice plus got his eighth stolen base of the year.
The story forthe last two weeks is the improvement in the bullpen, where four pitchers
combined to keep the Brewers off the scoreboard. The pen went three innings, giving up
just two hits and striking out three. Matt Herges, who came over from Los Angeles and
started his tenor with the Expos on rocky grounds, has rebounded nicely to convert his
third save in a row. He is coming in throwing strikes and getting ahead of the
hitters. Tonight it was no different, he threw just 13 pitches and 8 were for strikes
as he had two strikeouts to put the side down in order.
The Expos pitching held the two big bats of Richie Sexson and Geoff Jenkins to two hits
and one RBI. Ben Sheets was the winner of the Gold medal game in Australia for Team USA,
but tonight he didn't make it past the fourth inning. The Expos laid a five spot on the
board and made it hold up. Sheets saw his ERA shoot up to 4.62 on the year. The Expos
send out their ace tomorrow in Javier Vazquez to try and continue the streak and keep
the Expos in first place.
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