Arizona (35-80) at Washington (46-66)

Partly Cloudy Currently: Montreal, QC
Temp: 21° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Thu Aug 12, 2004
Preview | Box Score | Recap

Rocky Biddle will try to bounce back from a bruised ankle and help the Montreal Expos complete a three-game sweep of the hapless Arizona Diamondbacks at Olympic Stadium.

Biddle, who began the year as Montreal’s closer, was forced to leave Friday’s 4-0 loss at Houston in the third inning after being hit on the right ankle by a line drive. He yielded two runs and three hits in 2 2-3 innigs, taking his second loss in five starts since joining the rotation in July.

“If it would have hit me square on, it probably would have shattered my ankle,” Biddle said. “It hit the bottom portion of the ankle. I don’t know how long it will take. But I don’t see it taking too long.”

Montreal, which has the second-worst mark in the NL behind Arizona’s major league-worst 35-80 mark, has dominated the Diamondbacks this year, winning each of the first five meetings between the clubs.

The Expos are 5-3 in August, and have won 13 of 18 overall, including the last four.

On Wednesday, Brian Schneider belted his second career grand slam to cap a six-run outburst in the fourth inning as Montreal cruised to a 7-3 triumph over Arizona.

The Diamondbacks suffered their sixth straight loss. Arizona, outscored 43-16 during its losing streak, has lost 25 of 29 and 43 of 52.

“I know we are a young team, but I don’t want to use that excuse any more,” Diamondbacks manager Al Pedrique said. “We still have to find a way to compete and find a way to get something going.”

Related Articles

Starting Pitchers

L. Cormier TB vs. R. Biddle Was
1-4 Record 4-8
8.14 ERA 6.92
24 K 51
25 BB 31
1.92 WHIP 1.65