Hot Corner

July 04, 1999

Quote: "We need to pitch better. That would help more."

-- Manager Davey Johnson, whose Dodgers dropped 10 games below .500 after losing, 9-1, to the Giants

It's a fact: With 18 homers, Mike Lieberthal and Scott Rolen tied for the most by a Phillies player before the All-Star break since Mike Schmidt in 1987.

Who's hot: Attracted by the matchup of NL Central leaders, 6,000 people lined up in 92-degree heat in Cincinnati to buy tickets in the two hours before the first pitch, swelling the gate to 34,168.

Who's not: The Cubs have allowed 54 runs in their past three games -- losing 19-12 to the Brewers on Thursday, and 14-1 to the Phillies on Friday and 21-8 last night.

On deck: John Smoltz will try to extend the Braves' scoreless streak against the Mets today.

Pub Date: 7/04/99

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