May 15, 1998

Cubs: Mark Grace had his first error of the season when a ball bounced up and hit him in the face, but he had two singles to tie Billy Herman for 10th on the club's career list at 1,258. Sammy Sosa has reached base in 38 of 40 games. The Cubs are 21-0 when leading after the seventh inning and are 10 games ahead of last season's pace after 40 games.

Expos: Dustin Hermanson, who gave up three first-inning runs, was replaced after two pitches in the second inning against the Giants because of a mid-back strain.

Giants: Julian Tavarez's save was the first of his career.

Marlins: Their 13-28 mark matches the 1995 start for the worst in franchise history. Gary Sheffield, Bobby Bonilla and Charles Johnson did not start.

Mets: New York played the first of seven doubleheaders it will play this season, six of which have been forced by rainouts.

Padres: The previous doubleheader played in San Diego was in 1983. Trevor Hoffman has 11 saves in 11 chances. Outfielder Greg Vaughn had a streak of eight consecutive extra-base hits stopped when he singled in the second inning of the first game of the doubleheader.

Rockies: Dante Bichette is hitting .500 with runners in scoring position. Colorado is 1-19 when trailing after seven innings. Colorado stole its first base in 14 games and is last in the majors with 13 stolen bases.

Pub Date: 5/15/98

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