After taking the opener of this three-game set 12-5 on Friday, the middle game was postponed due to rain after waiting 1 hour, 5 minutes on Saturday.
Philadelphia, which has an off-day Monday before hosting Seattle Tuesday to begin interleague play, doesn’t mind playing a doubleheader.
“We’ll have everybody in the bullpen so it worked out well for us because we have Monday off,” Phillies manager Larry Bowa said.
Jim Thome will be trying to extend two streaks. The Phillies first baseman has reached base in 20 straight games and has hit safely in nine straight.
Thome is hitting .371 (13-for-35) during the nine-game run with three homers, two doubles and 10 RBIs.
Philadelphia has won just three of its last nine, but will be facing a Montreal team without Vladimir Guerrero and that has lost four of five.
Guerrero, the Expos’ homer run leader, missed his fourth straight game Friday because of a strained back.
Montreal manager Frank Robinson said he expected Guerrero to be back in the lineup on Tuesday when the Expos open a three game “home” series against Anaheim at Puerto Rico.
Still, the Phillies aren’t taking anything for granted.
“I’m not going to lose sleep because he’s not in the lineup but it doesn’t mean you take them lightly,” Bowa said. “It would be like us losing Thome or (Bobby) Abreu.”
Orlando Cabrera, tied with Guerrero with a team-high 33 RBIs, homered and drove in three runs in Friday’s loss.
Cabrera is 4-for-9 in his last two games with two homers and four RBIs.
STANDINGS: Expos - 2nd place, 4 GB, NL East. Phillies - 3rd place, 7 1/2 GB, NL East.
GAME ONE EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Livan Hernandez (4-3, 3.56 ERA). Hernandez will be pitching on three days’ rest following Wednesday’s 4-3 loss at Florida. The Cuban right-hander went six innings, giving up three earned runs and a season-high 11 hits. Hernandez, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in eight of his 10 starts this season, hasn’t surrendered a homer in his last three starts, spanning 22 1-3 innings. In 11 career starts against Philadelphia, Hernandez is 5-2 with a 3.10 ERA.
GAME ONE PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Randy Wolf (5-3, 3.34 ERA). Wolf is 0-1 with a 4.71 ERA over his last three starts, including a 4-2 home loss to the New York Mets on Tuesday. The left-hander gave up four earned runs and eight hits while striking out nine over 6 2-3 innings. He had won his previous two decisions, allowing one earned run over 15 innings. Wolf is 5-2 lifetime against Montreal with a 3.86 ERA in nine starts.
GAME TWO EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Claudio Vargas (2-2, 4.03 ERA). Vargas lost 5-1 in Florida on Monday, giving up a season-high five earned runs and seven hits in four innings. It was the first time that the rookie right-hander had allowed more than three earned runs this season. Vargas has never faced the Phillies.
GAME TWO PHILLIES PROBABLE STARTER: Brett Myers (4-4, 2.88 ERA). After winning three straight decisions with a 1.35 ERA, Myers is 1-2 with a 4.46 ERA over his last three starts. The 22-year-old right-hander gave up four earned runs and three hits over 6 2-3 innings on Sunday in losing 5-3 in Montreal. That was his first career start against the Phillies.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Expos - Jose Vidro, .333 avg.; Guerrero, 8 HRs; Guerrero and Cabrera, 33 RBIs; Cabrera, 36 runs; Endy Chavez, 9 SBs. Phillies - Mike Lieberthal, .317 avg.; Thome, 12 HRs and 42 RBIs; Jimmy Rollins, 36 runs and 7 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Expos - 2B Vidro’s .333 batting average rank fourth-best in the NL. … OF Endy Chavez was scratched from Saturday’s starting lineup because of the flu. … Prior to dropping a throw from 2B Vidro on Friday, SS Orlando Cabrera had gone 25 straight games without an error. Phillies - This is the Phillies’ first postponement at Veterans Stadium since June 6, 2002 against the Florida Marlins. … Despite being 2-for-10 in his last three games, RF Abreu has homered and driven in five runs. … 1B Thome is batting .368 (7-for-19) against RHP Hernandez with four homers and 11 RBIs.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Expos - 14-13 on the road; Phillies - 15-11 at home.
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