Notable

June 18, 1998

Cubs: Chicago reached the one-million mark in attendance yesterday. With the exception of the strike-shortened 1981 season, Chicago has drawn at least one million fans each year since 1968.

Diamondbacks: Third baseman Matt Williams, who left Tuesday's game with a strained hamstring, was back in Arizona's lineup. The Diamondbacks have had an extra-base hit in their last 58 games.

Giants: San Francisco is 15-8 in games concluding a series. Of the Giants' 43 victories, 24 have been comebacks, including nine of their last 10 victories. The Giants are 8-7 against NL West rivals this season. They open a four-game series today against the front-running Padres, who swept a three-game set from San Francisco last weekend.

Mets: John Olerud has eight career triples. Third baseman Edgardo Alfonzo made fine defensive plays on hard grounders by Vladimir Guerrero in the first and Chris Widger in the third. Mike Piazza went 2-for-4 for his seventh multi-hit game with the Mets and is 27-for-71 (.380) in 18 games since joining New York. Benny Agbayani, whose contract had been purchased from Triple-A Norfolk after Tuesday night's game, made his major-league debut for the Mets when he came on as a defensive replacement.

Phillies: When Rico Brogna was caught stealing in the third inning, it ended a streak of 19 straight successful steals by Philadelphia. Doug Glanville had an 18-game hitting streak earlier in the season, the NL's second longest this season. Desi Relaford went 0-for-2, snapping his 11-game hitting streak which was tops among NL rookies this year.

Reds: Catcher Eddie Taubensee stole second base in the second inning, the 11th steal of his career. His last steal was exactly two years earlier: June 17, 1996 in Houston.

Pub Date: 6/18/98

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