The short-handed and travel-weary San Francisco Giants head to Montreal for a three-game set with the Expos.
With Barry Bonds headed back to San Francisco to be with his ailing father, and the Giants exhausted from a travel nightmare caused by the massive northeastern blackout, it may be difficult to end a two-game slide.
Bonds fortunately was able to leave New York before a blackout covered the area, to be with his father, Bobby, who has been ill with lung cancer and numerous other ailments. Last month, Barry Bonds missed a game to be with his father when he had open-heart surgery.
The Giants hope to have Bonds back in the lineup Tuesday when open a three-game series at home against Atlanta.
San Francisco was supposed to finish its three-game set with the New York Mets on Thursday, but the game was postponed an hour before the scheduled start because of the power outage.
After waiting six hours in the Shea Stadium parking lot, San Francisco was able to take a bus to Philadelphia for a charter flight up to Montreal.
“You know what? We are all together, seemingly safe. There are a lot of people worse off than we are right now,” Giants assistant general manager Ned Colletti said as his team waited outside the ballpark.
“Everybody’s in the same boat. It’s not just a baseball team trying to get someplace. There’s millions of people trying to get someplace.”
Montreal endured a power outage of its own, as its game on Wednesday against Colorado was interrupted by a blackout in the second inning. The delay lasted 1 hour, 16 minutes before Montreal went on to win 6-5.
The Expos are still in the wild-card race, trailing Philadelphia by 5 1/2 games.
STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Expos - 4th place, 17 1/2 GB, NL East.
GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Jesse Foppert (2-2, 4.79 ERA). The rookie right-hander is 3-0 with a 3.67 in his last four starts. He beat visiting Philadelphia 9-1 on Friday, giving up one earned run and two hits in 5 1-3 innings. Foppert also walked five, but struck out four as he remained unbeaten since July 9 at Colorado. He lost to Montreal on May 14, allowing four runs in 6 1-3 innings.
EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Livan Hernandez (12-7, 3.20 ERA). Hernandez has won six of his last seven decisions, not allowing more than two earned runs in any of the starts. He is 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA in three career starts against the Giants.
SEASON SERIES: Expos, 3-0.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - About 20 of Foppert’s family members were supposed to be in attendance Thursday night. Eight of whom were stuck on the subway while trying to get to the ballpark. “We are beyond disappointed,” said Foppert’s aunt, Pat Ustick of Jamestown, R.I., adding that they were planning to drive up to Montreal to watch him pitch Friday night. … 3B Edgardo Alfonso is 14-for-35 (.400) in his career against Hernandez. … OF Grissom is homerless in his last 75 at-bats. Expos - 2B Vidro has one RBI since July 18. … OF Guerrero is 11-for-27 (.407) over his last seven games. … RHP Hernandez has lowered his ERA a full point since June 27.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 32-28 on the road; Expos - 38-23 at home.
INJURIES: Giants - C Alberto Castillo (wrist), 15-day DL; IF Rich Aurilia (appendicitis), 15-day DL; 2B Ray Durham (leg), 15-day DL; OF Marvin Benard (knee), 15-day DL; RHP Robb Nen (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Felix Rodriguez (abdominal muscle), 15-day DL; LHP Kirk Rueter (shoulder), 15-day DL. Expos - C Michael Barrett (hip and finger), 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 Claudio Vargas (rotator cuff), 15-day DL; RHP Tony Armas Jr. (shoulder), 60-day DL.