Braves: Atlanta has scored just 18 runs in its 11 losses this season, as opposed to 84 runs in its 12 wins. . . . Fred McGriff, who struck out in the second for the Braves, has whiffed 22 times in 89 at-bats this season. . . . The Braves are 0-4 on Thursdays this season.
Cardinals: Bernard Gilkey has 14 RBIs in his last 14 games and is 8-for-19 against the Cardinals, his former team, with three home runs and 11 RBIs.
Dodgers: The team that owned the most dominant left-hander in baseball 30 years ago and has been managed for the last 20 years by a former lefty pitcher hasn't had a left-hander start for them in more than three years. When Pedro Astacio throws his first pitch tonight against the Chicago Cubs, the Dodgers will tie their own modern mark of 453 consecutive games started by a right-hander. Tom Candiotti gets the record-breaking assignment tomorrow night. The Dodgers' original streak of consecutive right-handed starters ran from Oct. 2, 1902, through April 14, 1906.
Expos: The team would not disclose results of an ultrasound test done on pitcher Carlos Perez on Wednesday night to further examine his injured shoulder. An MRI test Tuesday revealed that Perez, who has not pitched this season after being placed on the disabled list March 31, has a small tear in a muscle in the armpit area. . . . Montreal homered in all 10 games of its homestand.
Mets: Jose Vizcaino set a team record with a 9-for-9 streak that ended yesterday. Vizcaino entered the game with five hits in five at-bats along with a sacrifice bunt. He singled in the first, doubled in the third, singled in the sixth and tripled in an eight-run seventh. The streak ended when he struck out on a full count against Jeff Parrett for the last out in the eighth.
Pub Date: 4/26/96
Notable; NATIONAL LEAGUE