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National League Notes Sunday, Oct. 1

October 2, 1989

Undated (AP) _ Bruce Benedict, who retired after Sunday’s game, presented the lineups to the umpires. Benedict played 12 years with the Braves. ... Sunday also was the retirement date for Braves announcer Ernie Johnson. Johnson was with the club for 42 years as a player, executive and broadcaster. ... Mike Stanton tied Paul Assenmacher’s record for most saves by an Atlanta left-hander with seven in eight opportunities. Chicago Cubs

Mitch Williams had 36 saves, one shy of Bruce Sutter’s club record, set in 1979. ... Second baseman Ryne Sandberg tied the record of 90 consecutive errorless games in a single season set by Manny Trillo in 1982. He played in one or two innings per game in the last four games as Manager Don Zimmer tried to ensure the record. ... The Cubs were 30-15 against the East after the All- Star break. Cincinnati

Todd Benzinger was the only Reds starter not to go on the disabled list. He started 73 consecutive games beginning July 15 and missed just one game all season. Houston

The Astros finished the season 25-9 in one-run games at home. ... The Astros were 49-38 before the All-Star break but were 37-38 after it. Los Angeles

Orel Hershiser allowed one run in 11 innings Sunday but lost the ERA title to San Francisco’s Scott Garrelts, 2.28 to 2.31. ... Eddie Murray has 20 homers or more in 12 of his 13 seasons. He also had 996 RBIs during the the 1980s. ... The Dodgers had 825 victories in the 1980′s, more than any other NL club. The Astros were second with 819. ... Eddie Murray, Kirk Gibson and Mike Marshall were starters together just 35 times this season. Montreal

The Expos will bring back pitching coach Larry Bearnarth and bullpen coach Ken Nacha in 1990. Tommy Harper, the baserunning instructor for, will become a coach. Third-base coach Jackie Moore and first-base coach Rafael Landestoy will be offered other jobs in the Expos organization. Hitting coach Joe Sparks is leaving the Expos to join the coaching staff of the New York Yankees. Defensive instructor Ron Hansen was fired. New York Mets

Sid Fernandez won nine of last 12 decisions. He finished third in the NL strikeouts with 198, three behind Jose DeLeon of two behind Tim Belcher. Philadelphia

The Phillies attendance topped 1.8 million for the 15th consecutive full season. Pittsburgh

Jay Bell had 14 hits in last 20 at bats with runners in scoring position. ... Bobby Bonilla finished the season on a 25-for-60 streak. ... Junior Ortiz was hitless in his last 23 at-bats. ... The Pirates continue their seven-game series against the Mets on April 3. Dwight Gooden will pitch for New York. Pittsburgh’s probable is undecided. St. Louis

Before Sunday’s game, Cardinals fans gave a standing ovation to the NL East champion Cubs. ... Pedro Guerrero is the first Cardinals player since Enos Slaughter in 1946 to have 117 RBIs and less than 20 home runs. ... The Cardinals drew 3,082,000, a club record. St. Louis drew 3,072,122 in 1987. ... The Cardinals and Toronto were the only teams to draw 3 million this year. San Diego

Mark Davis finished with 44 saves, one short of the NL record and two short of Dave Righetti’s major-league record. ... Tony Gwynn won the NL batting title by going 3-for-4 Sunday while Will Clark went 1-for-4. San Francisco

No Giant has won the NL batting title since Willie Mays in 1954. ... Scott Garrelts, 14-5, starts Wednesday in Game 1 against Greg Maddux, 19-12.

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