Quote: "We had a six-run lead and sprung a leak. Armando came in and bailed us out. At this time of year, it doesn't matter how you win, as long as you do it." -- Mets manager Bobby Valentine after Armando Benitez got the final four outs in New York's 7-5 win over San Francisco.
It's a fact: Greg Vaughn's 35 homers are the most by a Reds player since Eric Davis hit 37 in 1987.
Who's hot: The Cubs' Mark Grace hit two doubles yesterday, giving him 408 for his career and moving him one ahead of Ernie Banks as the team's 20th-century leader.
Who's not: Having drawn 717,512 fans at home this season, the Expos are the only team in the major leagues that hasn't drawn 1 million.
On deck: Orel Hershiser faces his former team as the Mets try to hold the NL wild-card lead. The Dodgers counter with Kevin Brown, 6-0 with a 1.68 ERA in his last nine starts.
Pub Date: 9/09/99