Twenty years ago today, the Expos traveled from Atlanta to what used to be known as Joe Robbie Stadium and doubled up the fighting fish, 8-4. Montreal had just had an eight-game winning streak snapped at the hands of the Braves, but embarked on a series that only served to illustrate that the ‘Spos were the class of the Senior Circuit.
Moises Alou finished 2-for-3 to up his average to .332, Larry Walker drove in a pair to reach 75 on the season, Sean Berry homered and Rondell White crossed the plate three times. With the exception of a defensively unsupported outing by Gil Heredia (four runs, one earned) it was a thoroughly dominant performance.
Jeff Shaw pitched an inning-and-a-third of perfect ball for the win, which was immediately followed by the two-headed bullpen beast of Mel Rojas and John Wetteland, who teamed to log three frames which featured three baserunners, three punchouts and nary a runĀ to put the Expos at 63-38, two-and-a-half in front of Atlanta in the National League East.
This victory was the genesis of another six-game stretch of winning baseball, one that found the Expos operating at full tilt as they stepped onto the warning track, which would narrow sooner than they’d hoped.
Though Montreal would only lose two of its final fourteen, its collision with the wall that would be August 11 was inexorable.