San Francisco (73-47) at Washington (62-60)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Sat Aug 16, 2003
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The San Francisco Giants will again be without five-time MVP Barry Bonds as they continue a three-game series with the Montreal Expos at Olympic Stadium.

Bonds left the team early Thursday to be with his father, Bobby, who is ill with lung cancer and numerous other ailments. The 39-year-old slugger, who leads the majors with 37 homers, is not expected to rejoin the Giants until Tuesday.

“This is an opportunity for him to go back and spend some time with his dad,” Giants spokesman Blake Rhodes said. “He didn’t really have a chance to do that at the All-Star break.”

While Bonds was with his family in the Bay Area, the rest of the Giants did not arrive at their hotel until 5 a.m. Friday. After a massive blackout forced the cancellation of the Giants’ game against the New York Mets at Shea Stadium on Thursday, the team took a bus to Philadelphia and caught a charter flight to Montreal.

They managed just five hits off former teammate Livan Hernandez in Friday’s 4-1 loss—their third in a row.

Giants ace Jason Schmidt will try to end the skid.

Schmidt, who has been bothered by tendinitis in his right elbow, will be making his first start since a 3-0 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Aug. 5. He worked seven innings and allowed four hits in that game.

Montreal has won three of its last four and trails the Philadelphia Phillies by 5 1/2 games in the NL wild card race.

STANDINGS: Giants - 1st place, NL West. Expos - 4th place, 17 1/2 GB, NL East.

GIANTS PROBABLE STARTER: Schmidt (12-4, 2.32 ERA). Schmidt has allowed no more than two earned runs in three consecutive starts, going 3-0 with a 2.00 ERA. The 30-year-old right-hander is 4-3 with a 4.70 ERA in 10 career games against the Expos.

EXPOS PROBABLE STARTER: Zach Day (6-4, 3.69 ERA). Day has pitched well over his past three starts, going 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA. On Monday, he worked six innings and allowed one run and five hits in a 3-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. In two career games against the Giants, the 25-year-old right-hander is 1-0 with an 0.89 ERA.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Giants - Bonds, .341 avg., 37 HRs, 77 RBIs and 88 runs; Marquis Grissom, 9 SBs. Expos - Jose Vidro, .323 avg.; Orlando Cabrera, 17 HRs, 67 RBIs, 79 runs and 20 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Expos, 4-0.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Giants - The Giants recalled OF Tony Torcato from Triple-A Fresno to take OF Bonds’ roster spot. Bonds was placed on the bereavement list. … The Giants are batting .245 (25-for-102) during their three-game losing streak. … San Francisco is 51-19 when scoring first. Expos - RF Vladimir Guerrero needs one homer to tie Andre Dawson for the all-time franchise record with 225. … Montreal is 14-9 against NL West teams this season. … Expos starting pitchers are batting .277 (10-for-36) since July 24.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Giants - 32-29 on the road; Expos - 39-23 at home.

INJURIES: Giants - C Alberto Castillo (wrist), 15-day DL; SS 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; IF 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.

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J. Schmidt LAD vs. Z. Day Min
17-5 Record 9-8
2.34 ERA 4.18
208 K 61
46 BB 59
0.95 WHIP 1.45