May 23, 1979: Steve Rogers Too Much for Pirates in 3-0 Loss

Montreal ace Steve Rogers threw a complete game shutout as the Pirates dropped a 3-0 game to the Expos.  The win gave home team two of three in the teams’ series.

John Candelaria started and pitched well for the Pirates, giving up just a run in six innings.  He allowed six hits and walked nobody.  The run came in the fourth, when Rodney Scott beat out a bunt and scored on a Tony Perez triple.  The Candy Man allowed just one more baserunner before departing for a pinch hitter in the top of the seventh.

The Pirates had some chances against Rogers.  Omar Moreno led off the game with a single, the first of his three hits, and took second on a Tim Foli bunt, but Dave Parker and Willie Stargell flied out.  Dale Berra led off the third with a double, but got no further than third base.

The Bucs’ best chance came in the sixth.  Moreno led off with a single, stole second and went to third on a wild pitch.  Foli walked, but Parker popped up, Stargell struck out and John Milner flied out.

There were other opportunities later.  Moreno led off the eighth with a double and went to third on another Foli sacrifice, but Parker and Stargell again couldn’t get him in.

It was still 1-0 at that point, but the Expos tacked on a pair of insurance runs off Kent Tekulve in the bottom of the eighth.  Teke had a scoreless seventh, but the eighth started with three straight singles, with two steals sandwiched in.

In the ninth, the Pirates got two on with one out, but Berra grounded into a double play to end the game.  The loss dropped Candelaria to 3-3.  The Pirates dropped to seven games behind the Phillies and six and a half behind the Expos.