Washington Nationals: A Remembrance Of Turner Field
1997 – Rondell White’s 2 Home Runs Lead To First Win At Turner Field
One of Montreal’s 2 wins against the Braves at Turner Field in its inaugural season came on September 21, 1997. Montreal was going up against 20-game winner Denny Neagle, but their offense was able to hit four home runs in a 7-1 win.
Two players in that Expos lineup (David Segui and Rondell White) each had a three-hit game in the win, but the star of the night was White. In the fifth, the left fielder broke the scoreless tie with a two-run home run to left field. It was followed up by a home run from Hensley Meulens.
One inning later, the Expos went back-to-back again against Neagle when Segui and White hit solo home runs. Neagle went 5.2 innings and gave up six runs as he picked up only his fourth loss of the season.
As for the Expos starter, Mike Johnson only went 4.1 innings, but he gave up one run on six hits. Rick DeHart came in to finish the fifth inning and ended up getting the win in that game. That win was one of three Montreal wins over their final 11 games. White ended up finishing the season with 28 home runs (led the team).
The Braves would end up clinching the NL East the next night when they beat Montreal in 11 innings, 3-2. That game ended on a Steve Kline wild pitch that allowed Denny Bautista to score the game-winning run.
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