Washington Nationals: A Remembrance Of Turner Field
By Ricky Keeler
2000 – Cabrera Drives In 5 In 17-1 Rout
On July 3, 2000, the Expos had one of their best offensive games at Turner Field as they routed Atlanta 17-1. After the game was scoreless for the first two innings, Montreal scored at least one run in each of the final seven innings.
There were many stars in this game as the offense had a total of five home runs. Two players had a pair of home runs and it was the double play combination of Jose Vidro and Orlando Cabrera. Vidro went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s while Cabrera went 4-for-5 with five RBI’s.
Cabrera’s first home run in the game came in the top of the fifth when he hit a three-run home run against Ismael Villegas. Three innings later, he hit a two-run home run against Dave Stevens that put the Expos up 14-1. This game stands out the most for Cabrera because he only had those two home runs and nine RBI’s for the entire month.
The starters for this game were Tony Armas for the Expos and Terry Mullholland for the Braves. Mullholland went 4.1 innings and gave up seven earned runs on ten hits while Armas gave up one run over 6.1 innings in a win.
As I mentioned earlier, 2000 was the only great year the Expos had success at Turner Field. However, that 2000 Expos team ended up going 67-95 under Felipe Alou and finished 28 games behind the NL East champion Atlanta Braves.
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