Milwaukee (44-66) at Washington (57-54)

  • Game info: 1:05 pm EDT Sun Aug 3, 2003
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Livan Hernandez looks to help his team continue its pursuit of the National League wild card as the Montreal Expos conclude their three-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers at Olympic Stadium.

On Tuesday, Hernandez pitched a five-hitter, but was on the losing end of a 2-1 decision against the St. Louis Cardinals, ending a run of four straight wins.

“It’s frustrating when you get a well-pitched game and you don’t win those ballgames,” manager Frank Robinson said. “Those are the ballgames you have to win if you have any ideas of competing against those teams, focus on winning the wild card. You have to win those games, especially this time of the year.”

The outing was Hernandez’ third complete game in five starts and fourth of the season, tying him for second in the NL with Atlanta’s Kevin Millwood and St. Louis’ Matt Morris.

“I feel good because I pitched well and the team fought on the field,” he said. “That’s more important—that everybody fought to win the game.”

The Expos beat the Brewers 7-1 on Saturday for their third straight victory.

Javier Vazquez struck out 11 and gave up eight hits and one unearned run in a complete-game effort for Montreal, which moved within 5 1/2 games of the Philadelphia Phillies in the NL wild-card race.

Wil Cordero homered and Jamey Carroll had two hits for the Expos.

Richie Sexson went 3-for-4 with a double and Scott Podsednik had two hits for the Brewers, who have lost two straight and three of their last four.

Milwaukee has not won at Olympic Stadium since Aug. 11, 2001.

STANDINGS: Brewers - 6th place, 15 GB, NL Central. Expos - 4th place, 16 1/2 GB, NL East.

BREWERS PROBABLE STARTER: Ben Sheets (10-7, 3.88 ERA). Riding a three-start winning streak, Sheets gave up three earned runs and seven hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 6-3 win over the New York Mets on Tuesday. In four career starts against the Expos, he is 2-2 with a 5.55 ERA. He gave up a season-high eight runs—six earned—and 10 hits in six innings of a 9-5 loss to Montreal on April 30.

EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Hernandez (10-7, 3.41 ERA). Hernandez is 5-3 with a 3.68 ERA in 12 career starts against Milwaukee.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Brewers - Podsednik, .305 avg. and 22 SBs; Sexson, 29 HRs and 81 RBIs; Sexson and Eric Young, 66 runs. Expos - Jose Vidro, .326 avg.; Orlando Cabrera, 15 HRs, 62 RBIs, 72 runs and 17 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Expos, 5-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Brewers - With a pair of hits on Friday, 1B Sexson is now hitting .424 (14-for-33) with two HRs and seven RBIs over his last nine games. … Entering Saturday’s game, the Brewers were ranked 15th in the NL with a .244 average with runners in scoring position. … 3B Wes Helms, nursing a strained hamstring and a heel spur, missed his second straight start Saturday but flied out as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. Expos - The Expos are 7-6 since RF Vladimir Guerrero returned from the disabled list on July 21. … 2B Vidro was a late scratch Saturday because of inflammation in the patella tendon in his right knee. He had started four straight games after missing five of six starts. … RHP Hernandez is 7-4 with a 3.07 ERA in 12 home starts this season.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Brewers - 25-31 on the road; Expos - 35-22 at home.

INJURIES: Brewers - RHP Jayson Durocher (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Matt Ford (elbow), 15-day DL; RHP Nick Neugebauer (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Ruben Quevedo (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Todd Ritchie (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Glendon Rusch (groin), 15-day DL. Expos - C Michael Barrett (hip), 15-day DL; 3B Fernando Tatis (chest), 15-day DL; RHP Orlando Hernandez (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Dan Smith (shoulder), 15-day DL; LHP Scott Stewart (appendicitis), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL; 2B Vidro (knee), day-to-day.

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B. Sheets ATL vs. L. Hernandez MIL
11-13 Record 15-10
4.45 ERA 3.20
157 K 178
43 BB 57
1.25 WHIP 1.21