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'Spos Falter in Game Two, Settle for Split Versus A's | Article Posted July 17, 2009

The Meron's/Renzi Expos came out firing on all cylinders in game one of their doubleheader versus the Fourth Ward Athletics, dominating from both the plate and the mound to secure a 9-1 victory.  However, the promise of game one was not realized in the tail end of the twinbill, as costly defensive miscues and an inability to shut the door on the A's resulted in M/R's first-ever loss to the Fourth Ward squad.

Nick Lamica led the offensive barrage for the Expos in game one, peppering the A's pitching to the tune of 4-4 with a double and setting the tone for a 6-7, two-double performance on the day.  Mike Bergman was predictably strong on the mound, allowing only a single run while going the distance to pick up his sixth complete game.

Game two found the Expos falling into a sloppy style of play in stark contrast to the crisp execution of the first contest.  The Spos' bats continued to hum - Lamica, Justin Mahan, and Casey Brighton each turned in a multi-hit performance as M/R posted 7 runs - but timely hitting by the Fourth Ward and uncharacteristic blunders by the Expo D conspired to neutralize their offensive output.

With only a single week of games separating the Expos from the playoffs, the unanticipated loss throws what appeared to be an excellent shot at the #2 seed and accompanying first-round bye into chaos.  While possibilities abound based on the outcome of next week's doubleheader at the Timberjaxx, the setback means that the Expos do not fully control their destiny even in the case of an M/R sweep.  Be that as it may, winning both ends versus the Jaxx is still of paramount importance: another loss would eliminate nearly every scenario that could give the Expos the bye.  And so the task at hand is the one that Meron's/Renzi has struggled with all season long: play consistently strong baseball over both ends of a doubleheader, and nail down the sweep.  This time around, the Expos' playoff fortunes could be at stake.

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