Hot Corner

June 21, 1999

Quote: "The wind took that home run out. I don't know if you've noticed it or not, but when the flags are blowing in, the wind's blowing out, and when they're blowing out, it's blowing in. That ball was off the end of the bat."

-- Reds manager Jack McKeon, describing a home run by the Brewers' Jose Valentin.

It's a fact: Cincinnati returned from a 9-3 road trip -- its most successful in 18 years -- and went 3-7 on its homestand.

Who's hot: The Pirates' Al Martin is 16-for-33 in his past nine games.

Who's not: Astros starters Tony Eusebio and Ricky Gutierrez hit a combined .149 (7-for-47) during the 10-game homestand that ended yesterday.

On deck: Mike Piazza's 23-game hitting streak is one shy of the Mets' record set by Hubie Brooks in 1984.

Pub Date: 6/21/99

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