Thursday, August 15, 2013

August 15, 1992: Galarraga's Slam Leads The Birds Passed The Expos

On August 15, 1992, Andres Galarraga drove in five runs, which included an eighth inning grand slam in a 6-4 win over the Expos in Montreal. Galarraga spent his first seven seasons in Montreal and this series was the first time he came back to the city in which it all started. The game started off a bit rough for Expos starter Mark Gardner, while he only gave up one hit, he also hit three batters with two of those three coming with the bases loaded to put the Cards up 2-0. Gardner put the rough inning behind him and didn't allow another hit before he was pulled in the eighth after giving up a pair of walks. Gardner left the contest with his team up 4-2 and he handed the ball over to John Wetteland in hopes that he could clean up the mess he left on the bases. Wetteland came into the game with a man on first and second and needed two outs to get out of the mess. Things started off well for the Expos closer, he struck out Ray Lankford before giving up a single to Felix Jose to load the bases. Galarraga worked the count full before Wetteland served up the grand salami that put the Birds on top. Todd Worrell held the Expos at bay before Lee Smith picked up his 29th save of the season. The save was also Smith's 341st career save which tied him with Rollie Fingers on the all time list. When asked about the grand slam after the game Galarraga said "I was excited when I hit it. It was a great moment for me, not because of the Expos but because I was booed a lot during the game. Maybe they'll boo me even more tomorrow." The 6-4 win put an end to a 6 game winning streak for the Expos and I'm sure the fans booed Galarraga and the Cardinals quite a bit the next day since the Cardinals took that game by the score of 5-2, Galarraga scored a run in that contest as well.

Here's the box score:

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