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Expos Earn Tough Win, Take Tough Loss in Split Versus Cardinals | Article Posted May 22, 2009

An unsatisfying end to the day capped an otherwise excellent performance by the Expos in their CVBL opener against the Plattsburgh Cardinals.  The Expos fought back to finally take Game One 8-7 after two extra frames, then failed to make good on a 2-hit pitching performance by Billy Davis and dropped the second game 2-1.

The first game was a roller-coaster, with ace Mike Bergman forced to move from the mound to first base following a freak nerve injury, and newcomer Nick Lamica finding his control and pitching brilliantly down the stretch to nail down the win.  Lamica also joined teammate Pat Shaughnessy in tripling for M/R, while Cliff Conners notched three hits against the formidable Cardinal tandem of Tom Neale and Craig Bujold.  Steve Criss ended the game in walk-off fashion, his line shot single to right serving as payback for two intentional walks issued in front of him to load the bases in the ninth.

Davis gave all the Expos could ask for in Game Two, but the Cardinals' Steve Burris proved equal to the task, and a two-run inning by the Cardinals held up as the difference.

All-in-all, the Expos looked very good in their victory, and remained formidable even in defeat.  Frustrating though a split might be, it served as a promising start to their 2009 campaign.

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