Sunday, September 29, 2002

Expos 6, Reds 0


Team sets season strikeout record of 1,175

By John Fay jfay@enquirer.com
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MONTREAL - The Reds chalked up loss No. 83 in game No. 161 Saturday - a 6-0 loss to the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.

        The Reds did strike out six times. That gives them 1,175 for the year, surpassing last season's team record of 1,172.

        Corky Miller was hit by a pitch. That gives the Reds 66 HBPs, one more than last year's club record.

        But it was the milestone that wasn't achieved that this game will be remembered for.

        In the third inning, Vladimir Guerrero hit what looked to be a home run off Reds starter Brian Moehler. And not just any homer. The shot would have made Guerrero the fourth player in history to reach the 40-home run, 40-stolen base mark in one season.

        Guerrero clearly thought it was a homer. He did a little Sammy Sosa hop and pumped his first on his way to first.

        His smile gave way to an incredulous look when second base umpire Alfonso Marquez ruled no home run.

        Replays showed the ball hitting the top of wall then hitting the scoreboard behind it. That's a home run, according to the ground rules, but the Marquez's call made it a long single.

        It was one of three Guerrero hits, giving him a 205 for the year, breaking Al Oliver's Expos record.

        Moehler, back in the rotation after being skipped for Jose Rijo's Cinergy-closing start, didn't do a lot for his case to return. He went 4 2/3 innings, allowing five runs.

        Todd Walker, seeking to finish at .300, went 2-for-4 to push his average to .2993421. He needs to go 1-for-2 or 2-for-5 in today's season finale to officially get to .300.

       



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