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Monday, September 11, 2017

Game 4 - "Not Kidding Around"

GAME 4 - 10/19/82
Sanderson vs J.Morris
Expos 11, Tigers 9

Detroit batted around and battered Scott Sanderson for 6 runs in the bottom of the first.
Tiger fans had something to smile about after last night's heartbreaking extra inning loss.  Even when Montreal answered back with 3 in the top of the 2nd the Tiger faithful still felt confident with their "bend, but don't break" ace Jack Morris on the bump.  Unfortunately for Morris, and Tiger fans, the righty ace (who started game 1) was back on short rest and just didn't have it.  After the Expos scored 4 in the 5th the Tigers needed 2 in the bottom of the frame to tie the game up at 8-8.  In the top of the 7th back to back jacks by future HOF'ers Dawson & Carter off of reliever Pat Underwood made the score 10-8 Expos.  A solo blast by Chet Lemon off of closer Jeff Reardon cut the deficit to 2 runs with one inning left to play.  

After Enos Cabell flew out weakly to open the 9th former Wolverine QB Rick Leach came up to the plate and worked out a walk.  Trammell grounded out weakly to his opposite number, Chris Speier, for the second out of the inning.  Up stepped Lou Whitaker who turned on a 1-0 fastball that looked like it had a chance to tie things up.  Too much top spin and a leaping grab by Cromartie ended Detroit's threat.  Scott Sanderson, who gave up 8 runs in 6 innings was the unlikely winner.  Reardon, the game 3 winner, notched the save.  Both teams combined for 20 runs on 29 hits.  Andre "The Hawk" Dawson (4-5) knocked in 3 and scored 3.  His running mate Gary Carter (3-4) did the same.  Kid had 2 homers, while Hawk had 1.  Glen Wilson and Chet Lemon each had a 3 hit game, in this painful loss that prevented the Tigers from evening the series.
Expos lead series 3-1

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