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Hernandez: Five complete games in last eight starts

8/15/2003

MONTREAL (AP) -- Without Barry Bonds, the road-weary and
sleep-deprived San Francisco Giants were no match for the pitcher
they let get away.

Former Giants pitcher Livan Hernandez threw his NL-leading sixth
complete game as Jose Vidro and Brian Schneider homered to lead the
Montreal Expos to a 4-1 win over the Giants on Friday night.

Hernandez (13-7), who was traded by San Francisco at the end of
spring training, retired the last 19 batters he faced in throwing
his fifth complete game in eight starts. It was his 29th career
complete game.

"I just try to do my job," Hernandez said. "I want to win and
I want to do the best I can and go out there and treat them like
any team, not to waste a lot of pitches."

The NL pitcher of the month while going 4-1 in July, Hernandez
won his third straight start in August. He allowed five hits,
including Pedro Feliz's RBI single in the second.

"I liked it so much I'm going to pitch him tomorrow," Expos
manager Frank Robinson joked.

The Giants lost their third straight after arriving at their
Montreal hotel at 5:00 a.m.

San Francisco, which was without Bonds, had its game in New York
on Thursday postponed by the blackout that affected much of the
Northeast. The team bused to Philadelphia and took a charter flight
to Montreal.

"It hasn't hit me yet," said Foppert, who had been scheduled
to start Thursday. "I imagine sometime tonight it probably will
but I felt fine. I felt normal."

Bonds left New York before the blackout to be with his father,
Bobby, who has been ill with lung cancer and numerous other
ailments. Last month, Barry Bonds missed a game to be with his
father when he had open-heart surgery.

The Giants hope to have Bonds back in the lineup Tuesday when
they open a three-game series at home against Atlanta.

"I wouldn't want to go through that but if I if imagine myself
in that position, I don't think I could play when you know your
father's like this," Perez said. "I wish the best for him and
that he can return quick to the team."

Vidro hit his 12th homer -- his first since July 12 -- off Jesse
Foppert (8-9) in the first and Schneider homered for the second
straight game in the seventh.

San Francisco manager Felipe Alou, who managed the Expos from
1992-2001, was given a standing ovation by the crowd of 10,551 when
he came out of the dugout to remove Foppert later in the seventh.
It was Alou's first appearance at Olympic Stadium since he was
fired by former owner Jeffrey Loria.

"The people have been tremendous to me and nice to me and I
want to say, 'Thank you' to them always," Alou said.

Giants outfielder Tony Torcato, recalled from Triple-A Fresno
with Bonds on bereavement leave, spent Thursday night in the JFK
terminal after he was unable to join the team in New York.

A Giants spokesman said Torcato was assisted by major league
baseball officials in retrieving his luggage and would fly to
Montreal out of Hartford, Conn., on Saturday.

Hernandez was perfect from the fourth inning on. The Giants got
their only run in the second when Edgardo Alfonzo doubled and
advanced to third on Andres Galarraga's single.

One out later, Benito Santiago walked to load the bases and
Feliz hit an RBI single to left.

Hernandez escaped the jam when Foppert grounded to third baseman
Jose Macias. Macias threw home to Schneider, who stepped on the
plate and relayed to first for an inning-ending double play.

"That could have changed the game, even one more run right
there," Foppert said. "If I could have gotten one more guy in,
who knows what would have happened."

Wil Cordero hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to put Montreal up
2-1 and added an RBI single in the sixth to increase the lead to
two.

Schneider hit his eighth homer in the seventh.

Foppert allowed six hits and four runs in 6 1-3 innings.

Game notes
The Giants weren't complaining about their long road to
Montreal because of the blackout. "Planes, trains and
automobiles," Closer Tim Worrell joked upon arriving in the
clubhouse prior to the game. ... Three reporters who cover the
Giants were stranded in New York and didn't make it to the game.
The San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman had moved his luggage
to a hotel near Shea Stadium before going to the park Thursday and
was able to make the eight-hour drive to Montreal the next day. ...
It was Hernandez's first game against San Francisco in exactly five
years. He last faced the Giants while with Florida on Aug. 15,
1998.