Expos sweep twin bill from Royals

Montreal’s doubleheader sweep was bittersweet.
Tony Batista homered twice and Sun-Woo Kim pitched 4 1/3 perfect innings in relief of Toma Ohka, who suffered a painful broken arm, as the Expos earned a 7-2 victory yesterday in the nightcap of their doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals.
In the opener, Zach Day pitched a six-hitter for his second career shutout and the Expos got 16 hits in an 8-0 win.
Montreal pitchers issued only one walk in 18 innings while gaining their first doubleheader sweep in more than a year.
“Losing Tomo like that sort of takes a lot of the happiness away,” said left-fielder Brad Wilkerson, who homered and drove in three runs in the opener.
Ohka, who had not lost in six starts since April 29, was hit in the forearm by Carlos Beltran’s line drive in the third inning and taken away in obvious pain.
After the game, team physician Dr. Bruce Thomas said he had sustained a fracture of the radius bone at the bottom of the forearm just above the wrist of his pitching hand.
“He was in a lot of pain when he came off and he handled it well,” Thomas said.
Doctors were putting the arm in a splint and the Expos planned to take Okha with them to Seattle, where they begin a three-game series today.
“Hopefully, we’ll be able to bring him with us and watch him through the weekend and get him to our hand specialist,” Thomas said.
Surgery, which seemed likely, would put him out at least three months, Thomas said.
Angel Berroa’s home run off Luis Ayala in the eighth inning of the nightcap insured that the Royals would not be shut out at home in both ends of a doubleheader for the first time in team history.
It was the first doubleheader sweep by the Expos since beating Cincinnati twice on April 19, 2003 in Puerto Rico.
Losing two to the team with the worst record in major-league baseball was obviously dispiriting to the Royals.
“This is the worst two games I’ve ever been a part of in baseball history, in my baseball history,” Royals first baseman Ken Harvey said.
“I don’t know. I don’t know how to explain it. They’re just the worst two games I’ve ever been a part of.”
Batista homered off Jimmy Gobble (3-4) leading off the second inning of the second game and added a two-run shot in the sixth for his 12th career multi-homer game.
Endy Chavez had a sacrifice fly in the third inning and Jose Vidro an RBI single in the seventh ahead of Batista’s seventh home run.
Brian Schneider’s two-run double off Jason Grimsley made it 7-1 in the ninth.
Gobble went 7 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and five runs.
Day, whose only other shutout was May 1, 2003 at Milwaukee, got 16 groundouts after the opener—a make-up of a rainout on Wednesday—was delayed nearly two hours at the start by rain.
“You always worry in a doubleheader because it’s very difficult to keep players up for two games, especially with the rain delay,” Expos manager Frank Robinson said.
“It was very gratifying to see them jump out early like that.”
Robinson also was gratified to see his pitchers allow only one walk in two games.
“That’s darn good pitching. I mean that sincerely,” he said. “That’s how you hold a team down when you don’t give them those free baserunners and make them earn what they get.”
Wilkerson homered and drove in three runs in the opener for the Expos. Jamey Carroll, getting a rare start at second base, scored three runs and had three of Montreal’s 16 hits.
Orlando Cabrera also had three hits.
Day (5-6) struck out four and walked none—the 10th time in 12 starts this season he’s allowed three runs or fewer. He’s thrown 13 straight scoreless innings.
Dennys Reyes (2-1) allowed 11 hits and five runs in 6 2/3 innings in the opener for the Royals.
“It was tough after waiting two hours. It seemed like everything I threw, they hit,” he said.
Elsewhere in inter-league action yesterday, Minnesota nipped the N.Y. Mets 3-2 (15 innings), the N.Y. Yankees dumped Colorado 10-4, Detroit beat Atlanta 7-4, Boston downed San Diego 9-3, Arizona blanked Baltimore 3-0, Florida upended Cleveland 4-1, and Tampa Bay topped San Francisco 5-2.
Anaheim edged Milwaukee 5-4, and Texas swept Pittsburgh 9-7 and 10-4. Philadelphia at the Chicago White Sox was postponed due to rain.
In the lone NL game, the Chicago Cubs dumped St. Louis 12-3.