(Sports Network) - Off to their worst start in franchise history, the Montreal Expos are desperate for any kind of run support. Frank Robinson's team has dropped 13 of its last 16 games, including the first two of a four-game set in San Diego. The series resumes tonight at PETCO Park.
Montreal has scored only 36 runs in 21 games this season and are last in the majors with a .201 batting average, .254 on-base percentage and .283 slugging percentage. Through 21 games, the Expos have scored just seven total runs in the game's first three innings.
The Expos' struggles continued last night in a 3-0 loss. Montreal managed only four hits and has scored four times in its last four contests.
Tony Batista and Brian Schneider both doubled for the Expos in last night's contest.
Claudio Vargas toes the rubber for the Expos tonight. Vargas was battered in his last start on Friday against the Phillies, giving up six hits and five runs before being lifted with two outs in the second inning. The righthander was fortunate not to get a decision though as the Expos rallied to tie the game before eventually losing 8-6. This will be his first career appearance against the Padres.