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    Padres' three homers trump Bonds' one
    04/05/2007 2:48 AM ET By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    SAN FRANCISCO -- In baseball circles, Adrian Gonzalez's success against left-handed pitchers might merit surprise to many, though Padres general manager Kevin Towers is certainly not in that company.


    Ask Towers about how well the Padres' 24-year-old first baseman mashes lefties and he is apt to give you a shrug of indifference, even after Gonzalez's heroics Wednesday.

    "Your good hitters hit lefties and righties -- [Tony] Gwynn was like that," Towers said. "Winning types of players come up with those hits."

    Four days removed from signing a four-year, $9.5 million contract that will keep him in a Padres uniform for a while, Gonzalez drilled a mammoth two-run home run in the eighth inning to lift the Padres to a 5-3 victory over the Giants at AT&T Park.
    No, not too bad a week for Gonzalez.

    And that Gonzalez got his game-winning hit off left-handed reliever Jack Taschner, who was brought into a tie game for the explicit purpose to get two left-handers, Brian Giles and Gonzalez, out, didn't register much of a shock at all.
    Gonzalez is hitting .283 in his young career off left-handed pitchers with six home runs -- with a big enough sample size (166 at-bats) so that pundits can't just pass off his success against southpaws as simply good fortune.

    So how is this possible? How can a young, left-handed hitter have so much success when others his age typically struggle against lefties, becoming too pull conscious or getting in the bad habit of bailing on breaking pitches that often appear to be coming at their heads?

    "More than anything, I don't try to pull the ball," Gonzalez said, attempting to explain his success against lefties. "Most of the time, I try to go up the middle or the other way. The minute you start bailing on offspeed pitches or not staying in against fastballs and sliders, you're in trouble."

    Gonzalez's home run, his first of the season, overshadowed -- if that can truly be the case -- another home run hit by a left-handed slugger earlier in the game.
    Barry Bonds hit a solo home run in the first inning off Padres starter Chris Young, an opposite-field shot. It was Bonds' 735th career home run, one that brought the crowd of 39,938 to its feet.
    But only for a while.

    That was, essentially, the big offensive highlight for the Giants. Yes, they did score two more runs, including getting an RBI single from Pedro Feliz in the sixth inning to tie the score, which eventually chased Young.

    "I thought Chris, overall, threw the ball well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "I thought his stuff was good and that he made pitches when he needed to. ... He might have tired at the end."
    The Giants have scored two runs in 18 innings against the Padres, and their new manager, former Padres manager Bruce Bochy, is still looking for his first victory while San Diego's first-year manager, Black, is probably wondering if things will ever get difficult.

    The Padres had eight hits Wednesday, including three from new leadoff hitter Marcus Giles and three more from Gonzalez. All five runs came off home runs, as Khalil Greene and Giles each hit home runs off Giants starter Matt Cain.

    "He threw well; you can look at those two mistakes there, but I thought overall he pitched well tonight," Bochy said of Cain, who struck out six in six innings. "He gave us a chance to win. We had a couple of good chances there, just couldn't get something to fall in."

    San Diego's pitching and defense had a hand in that, of course.
    Young allowed three runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings with three walks and earned a no-decision, something that should ring familiar. Last season, Young -- who went the entire 2006 season without losing on the road -- had 15 no-decisions.
    The pitchers who followed Young fared considerably better. Cla Meredith (1-0) had a lot of life on his sinker and got three ground-ball outs and a strikeout. Scott Linebrink threw a scoreless eighth inning before closer Trevor Hoffman earned career save No. 483 with an eight-pitch ninth inning.
    It only looked that easy.

    Center fielder Mike Cameron made a diving catch of Rich Aurilia's sinking fly ball in the eighth inning, which loomed large when the next hitter, Bengie Molina, singled. Earlier in the game, third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a nice running catch-and-throw play on Randy Winn's bunt in the fourth inning.

    "Those are the intangibles, the little things," Meredith said. "When those things happen, they change the course of the game. Those were two plays that shouldn't go unnoticed." Much like Gonzalez's home run against a left-hander Wednesday, though that hit was certainly easier to take note of -- and, if you're the Padres, appreciate -- after Wednesday.
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    "Bonds inches closer to Henry Aaron's record, hitting a big blast"

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    Gonzalez, Wells lead PaDres

    Gonzalez, Wells lead Padres past Rox
    04/08/2007 3:32 AM ET By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    SAN DIEGO -- It would suit Bud Black just fine if, say, the Padres wanted to score a few more runs early in the game as to alleviate the late-inning drama the first-year manager -- or any manager, for that matter -- certainly can do without.


    Funny thing, minutes after the Padres rallied for a 3-2 victory over the Rockies at PETCO Park on Saturday, a victory punctuated by Adrian Gonzalez's game-winning RBI double, Black said he actually desires such late-inning drama.

    "I think it's a great sign," Black said of the Padres ability to score runs late in games. "I think as the games go on, our guys make adjustments. Whether it's offense, defense or pitching, everyone's focus heightens."

    The Padres (3-2) have scored nine runs in their last three games, including five during the ninth inning of those games alone. But unlike consecutive losses to San Francisco and the Rockies on Thursday and Friday, respectively, the ninth-inning run that Gonzalez chased home actually meant something.

    A victory.

    And while the Padres didn't consummate their victory over the Rockies (3-2) until the last pitch of the game, the groundwork for their comeback was laid early on by the left arm of 43-year-old pitcher David Wells, who yielded two runs in 6 2/3 innings by getting a lot of mileage out of a nasty, late-breaking curveball that gave hitters fits.

    "With these guys, I faced them in Spring Training, you have to keep the ball down and in and out," said Wells, who allowed six hits, walked one and struck out four in an 91-pitch outing. "If you get them to beat it into the ground, you've got a great chance to win."

    And, apparently, if you get the ball to the Padres' relievers with a lead or in a close game.

    Black watched his bullpen run its scoreless streak to start the season to 15 2/3 innings as Doug Brocail got the final out of the seventh after Wells departed with Scott Linebrink (scoreless eighth inning) and Trevor Hoffman (scoreless ninth) taking care of the rest.

    "You can't ask for anything better," Wells said of the Padres' bullpen. "When you have a bullpen like that, you can concentrate on [pitching] five or six [innings]. You know that you can win those tight ballgames."

    The Padres' dominant effort from their bullpen this season hardly qualifies as a shocker by any means. The bullpen was plenty strong before Black was hired in December and, with the additions of Heath Bell and Kevin Cameron, this unit might be ever stronger in 2007.

    The offense might well be better than the group that ranked 13th in the National League in runs last season, although for a while Saturday, it was hard to tell as much, as Rockies starting pitcher Josh Fogg has the Padres in a daze for the first six innings.
    Fogg allowed a solo home run to Russell Branyan in the fourth inning, but little else until the seventh inning when the Padres, who had six hits to that point, started to fire up their late-inning offense.

    With one out in the seventh, Fogg walked leadoff hitter Marcus Giles, who reached base three times. That was enough for manager Clint Hurdle, who summoned Jeremy Affeldt from the bullpen.

    But Affeldt allowed a single to Brian Giles -- who like his younger brother, also reached base three times -- and then an RBI sacrifice fly to Gonzalez that tied the game.

    Then in the ninth inning against hard-throwing reliever Manny Corpas, Jose Cruz Jr. -- who entered the game earlier as part of Black's first double-switch -- singled to left field. Marcus Giles then moved him along to second base with a sacrifice bunt, leaving Hurdle with a tough decision.

    Walk Giles to set up a force play and face Gonzalez or pitch to Giles and issue the free pass to Gonzalez? Hurdle decided to walk Giles and pitch to Gonzalez, which proved to be the wrong move, as he sent a towering fly ball to the opposite-field gap in left-center that bounced on the warning track, giving Cruz plenty of time to score the winning run.

    Better late than never? Whatever.

    Brian Giles echoed Black's sentiments that the Padres might have a team that's capable of scoring runs late, which can only be seen as a positive looking forward -- even if it comes at the cost of a few gray hairs and jagged fingernails.
    "You're running out of outs, you better get it done," Giles said of the feeling that comes with trying to succeed in the pressure-cooker of late innings. "I honestly think our team will be sound with fundamental hitting. We don't give up at-bats."
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    Young wins, gets contract extension
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    By: DAN HAYES - Staff Writer, North County Times
    SAN DIEGO---- Chris Young showcased his skills on Monday night. And it's a display the Padres hope to see plenty more of in the future.

    According to a source close to the team, the Padres will announce a four-year contract extension for Young today at a 10:30 a.m. press conference at Petco Park. The deal includes a team option for the 2011 season, Young's first year of free agency.

    On Monday, Young went pitch-for-pitch with the San Francisco Giants' top young pitcher, Matt Cain, leading the Padres to a 1-0 win in front of 31,388.

    Young allowed only four hits in seven shutout innings, while his agent, Lon Babby, and Padres general manager Kevin Towers watched from Towers' suite upstairs.

    The win was the Padres' third straight by one run at Petco Park and gives the team a 59-22 mark in one-run home games since the facility opened in 2004.

    Asked about the extension, Young said "I can't comment now."

    Veteran pitcher David Wells had an opinion however. The lefty said the team needs to lock up Young as well as right-handed pitcher Clay Hensley.

    "I think he's great," Wells said. "He's a young guy who's competitive and throws strikes. They need to lock up everybody. Get Clay Hensley next and you've got a pretty good three.

    "Anything less would be uncivilized."
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    <TABLE class=tablehead cellSpacing=1 cellPadding=3><TBODY><TR class=colhead align=right><TD align=left>WEST</TD><TD width="6%">W</TD><TD width="6%">L</TD><TD width="8%">PCT</TD><TD width="5%">GB</TD><TD>HOME</TD><TD>ROAD</TD><TD>RS</TD><TD>RA</TD><TD>STRK</TD><TD>L10</TD></TR><!--seasonType=2--><!--startDate=20070409--><!--StartDate is currentDate--><TR class=oddrow align=right><TD align=left>Arizona</TD><TD>6</TD><TD>2</TD><TD>.750</TD><TD class=sortcol width="5%">-</TD><TD>1-0</TD><TD>5-2</TD><TD width="5%">39</TD><TD width="5%">29</TD><TD>Won 5</TD><TD>6-2</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=right><TD align=left>San Diego</TD><TD>5</TD><TD>2</TD><TD>.714</TD><TD class=sortcol width="5%">.5</TD><TD>3-1</TD><TD>2-1</TD><TD width="5%">24</TD><TD width="5%">15</TD><TD>Won 3</TD><TD>5-2</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=right><TD align=left>Colorado</TD><TD>4</TD><TD>3</TD><TD>.571</TD><TD class=sortcol width="5%">1.5</TD><TD>2-1</TD><TD>2-2</TD><TD width="5%">34</TD><TD width="5%">26</TD><TD>Won 1</TD><TD>4-3</TD></TR><TR class=evenrow align=right><TD align=left>LA Dodgers</TD><TD>4</TD><TD>3</TD><TD>.571</TD><TD class=sortcol width="5%">1.5</TD><TD>0-1</TD><TD>4-2</TD><TD width="5%">28</TD><TD width="5%">27</TD><TD>Lost 1</TD><TD>4-3</TD></TR><TR class=oddrow align=right><TD align=left>San Francisco</TD><TD>1</TD><TD>6</TD><TD>.143</TD><TD class=sortcol width="5%">4.5</TD><TD>1-5</TD><TD>0-1</TD><TD width="5%">14</TD><TD width="5%">32</TD><TD>Lost 4</TD><TD>1-6</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>
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    Padres take series behind Maddux

    04/12/2007 1:55 AM ET By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    SAN DIEGO -- Geoff Blum didn't exactly have the best vantage point for each of the 75 pitches that left Greg Maddux's hand Wednesday, though he's confident that he didn't miss anything he hadn't seen before.

    "I've faced him 20 times too many," said Blum, who started at third base Wednesday. "You get a good idea how much his ball moves by the swings guys are taking."

    Especially the ones that catch only air, which was mostly the case during the Padres' 4-0 victory over the San Francisco Giants before a crowd of 31,568 who got to see Maddux earn victory No. 334, which also happened to be his first as a Padre.
    Maddux (1-1) threw six scoreless innings, helping the Padres win their third consecutive series to open the season. He struck out six, didn't walk a batter and absolutely pounded the strike zone with, well, strikes.

    "Absolutely, it's fun to watch him," Padres pitcher Jake Peavy said. "It's amazing what he does. It's great to be on his side."
    Maddux's game, as it is, is rather simple. He keeps the ball down, relies on some unique movement on his fastball and locates his pitches. His plan of attack isn't complicated nor does it involve trickery or deception. He comes right after you.

    "I thought that Greg threw the ball very well," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He used his fastball to both sides of the plate and he really had them off-balanced. ... I think Greg pitched his game."

    Really, it's that simple.

    What's not so simple to explain is how Maddux gets so much movement on his fastball. The ball twists and darts and offers such a late break that opposing hitters are left with little time to do anything with it.

    "It's rare; you can't teach it," Black said. "It's something us in baseball have talked about, his natural movement. It's what makes him who is he."

    Maddux could have likely worked deeper into the game Wednesday, but after a long sixth inning that saw the Padres (6-3) score a run and send seven batters to the plate during that inning, Black decided he had seen enough of Maddux.

    What Black hasn't grown tired of seeing yet, and at its current rate of success, is a nasty bullpen that has yet to yield a run this season.

    After Maddux departed, sidearm reliever Cla Meredith -- who like Maddux knows a thing or two about natural motion -- got a ground-ball out and two strikeouts in a quick seventh inning before Scott Linebrink (eighth inning) and Doug Brocail (ninth) took care of the rest.

    The Padres' bullpen corps has now worked 28 1/3 innings this season without giving up a run. That's already the longest streak in club history to open a season and is creeping up on the longest scoreless stretch at any point (32 innings, set in 1978). :tup:

    "I am running out of adjectives here for these guys," said Black, who has found himself essentially uttering the same platitudes about his bullpen seemingly every night. "I've got to look up other words to describe these guys."

    The Padres got to San Francisco starting pitcher Noah Lowry (0-2) for a run in the third inning as Marcus Giles singled in Jose Cruz Jr., who had walked to start the inning.

    San Diego tacked on a second run later in the inning when Mike Cameron was credited with an infield single that third baseman Rich Aurilia made a nice play on. But Aurilia's throw to first got past Ryan Klesko, allowing Giles to score.

    The Padres added a third run in the sixth inning when Lowry walked Cameron and Adrian Gonzalez with one out. Josh Bard then followed with an RBI single to right field. Bard suffered a groin injury on the play. He'll be re-evaluated Thursday.
    Brian Giles drove in his first run of the season with an RBI single in the seventh inning.

    "I feel really good," said Giles, who is hitting .278. "I wish I had better results. But as long as you have a good approach, things will fall into place."

    Not that Maddux needs to be told as much about having a good approach.
    "Down and away ... there's no secret," Maddux said. "Just locate the ball and change speeds."
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    Peavy restores order for Padres

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    By: DAN HAYES - Staff Writer LOS ANGELES ---- Jake Peavy delivered a "Hillbilly Deluxe":lol: at Dodger Stadium on Saturday night.

    San Diego's ace set the tone for last night's 7-2 win over the Dodgers in front of 55,942 the instant he began blaring the Brooks & Dunn song over the clubhouse stereo 3 hours, 23 minutes before the first pitch.
    It was Peavy's way of letting his teammates know Friday night's blowout loss was a one-night fiasco that wouldn't be repeated on his watch.

    And the Padres fully bought into the notion.

    "I think we all know that even if Jake doesn't have his best stuff he's going to keep us in the mix and give us opportunities to win," right fielder Brian Giles said. "And when he's on, we score a couple of runs, and we've pretty much got a good chance."

    The Padres stuck to that formula and evened the series at one game each.

    Behind a dominant seven innings of work from Peavy (3-0), the offense was given ample time to find its way against struggling Dodgers starter Jason Schmidt (1-2).

    Brian Giles, however, didn't need long.

    Giles, who was 5 for his last 12 with four runs through Friday, jumped all over a first-pitch fastball from Schmidt in the top of the first inning and launched it into the right-field pavilion for his first home run of the season.

    Giles then tacked on an RBI single an inning later and finished 2-for-5.

    The Padres continued to turn it on in the second inning with a five-run rally against Schmidt, who was topping out at 85 mph on the radar gun.

    Khalil Greene opened with a double, and Terrmel Sledge, who reached base in each of his first three at-bats, followed with an RBI single to make it 2-0.

    Then rookie third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff, who entered hitting .115, blasted a first-pitch fastball well over the center field fence for his first National League home run. Kouzmanoff reached base in three of four trips to the plate.

    Catcher Pete Laforest ---- making his first start since he was called up when Josh Bard was placed on the disabled list Thursday ---- walked and Peavy reached on an error. Marcus Giles then added to the outburst with an RBI single setting up Brian Giles' second RBI hit of the night.

    "We had contributions one through eight tonight," Brian Giles said. "It's a good feeling going against one of their top pitchers and you've got your ace out there."

    Laforest later added an insurance run, but it was far more than Peavy required.

    "I'm doing everything I can do to scratch out a win," Peavy said. "And the boys made it pretty easy when they scored seven."

    The right-hander came out strong, retiring the Dodgers in order in the first inning.

    He labored through the second inning but got Wilson Betemit to fly out with runners on first and second to end a threat.

    From there, Peavy set down 10 of the next 11 Dodgers he faced, needing just seven pitches in the fifth inning. He entered the inning having thrown 69 pitches.

    "I liked the middle part of the game where he was a little bit more efficient than at times earlier in the game," manager Bud Black said. "I think that's something he's going to continue to learn the importance of that."

    With one out in the sixth, Russell Martin drew a walk and advanced to third on Nomar Garciaparra's single.

    But Peavy got back on track as he got Jeff Kent on a sacrifice fly to center and Luis Gonzalez to ground out weakly to first.

    Peavy then retired the side in order in his final inning, finishing with one run allowed on three hits and two walks.

    "I like being 'the guy,' " Peavy said. "We're all 'the guy.' But I love feeling like the boys know when I take the mound its win night."


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    Chicago's confines prove friendly for Padres in 14th

    Stellar bullpen:tup: throws 9 scoreless innings; Blum gets game-winner in 4-3 victory over Cubs


    By Andrew Seligman
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    In his return to Wrigley Field, Greg Maddux pitched five solid innings but left with no decision.

    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>CHICAGO – Geoff Blum doubled in the go-ahead run in the 14th inning and the Padres defeated the Chicago Cubs 4-3 on Tuesday. Khalil Greene led off the 14th with a double to the right-field corner against Will Ohman (0-1), and with one out, Blum sent a shot to left that Jacque Jones let skip by him.
    “I knew I wasn't going to repeat the World Series thing, not with that wind like that,” he said.
    That “World Series thing” happened in 2005, when Blum hit the go-ahead solo homer in the 14th inning of Game 3 for the Chicago White Sox.
    “Luckily, I just found a hole,” he said. “Right place at the right time. You wait that long and good things happen.”
    Ohman then retired Rob Bowen on a fly to center and pinch-hitter Jake Peavy on a pop to second. But it was the third straight rough outing for the left-hander.

    He allowed a three-run homer to Marcus Giles in Monday's 12-4 win, and he walked in two runs in a 6-5 loss to Cincinnati last week. Blum's hit made a winner of Doug Brocail (1-0), who struck out four and allowed one hit in two scoreless innings. Trevor Hoffman pitched the 14th for his third save in as many chances.
    Chicago's Daryle Ward hit a bloop double to center with one out in the bottom of the 14th, but Hoffman got Jones on a flyball to left and struck out Ronny Cedeno to end it.

    The Padres loaded the bases in the ninth but failed to score, and two big defensive plays stopped them in the 10th and 12th.
    With runners on first and second in the 10th, Brian Giles singled to center off Bob Howry. Felix Pie – making his major league debut for the Cubs – charged in and unleashed a throw that hit Michael Barrett on a fly and beat Russell Branyan by a couple feet. Mike Cameron then grounded out to end the threat.
    And with a runner on second in the 12th, second baseman Mark DeRosa dived to his right to snag Marcus Giles' line drive for the final out.

    Adrian Gonzalez tied a career high with four hits for San Diego.
    “There were some that just found some holes,” Gonzalez said. “You have to mix in some luck with games like this. Today I had two hits that were lucky.”

    “This team has shown a great deal of resiliency so far, early in the year, an ability to hang in there,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “The pitching keeps us close and we get some hitting at the end of the game.”

    Greg Maddux allowed three runs and six hits in five innings in his first start against the Cubs since they traded him to the Los Angeles Dodgers at the deadline last July. He walked one, did not strike out a batter, but was unable to protect a 3-1 lead.
    That evaporated in the fifth.

    The Cubs' Henry Blanco led off with a double to right and scored on a double to left-center by Pie, who was called up from Triple-A Iowa because Alfonso Soriano has a strained left hamstring. Pie scored on Derrek Lee's single.

    Until then, Wade Miller appeared headed to his second loss. He struggled through five innings, allowing six hits and four walks while striking out three after getting hit hard by Milwaukee in his first start.

    Chicago's Aramis Ramirez started at third after missing four games with tendinitis in his right wrist and delivered an RBI triple off the right-field wall in the first inning. But while one star returned, another was missing.

    Soriano expects to sit out about a week after straining his left hamstring while attempting a diving catch during the fifth inning on Monday.

    The Cubs mulled putting the five-time All-Star on the 15-day disabled list, even though an MRI on Tuesday revealed no major structural damage. Instead, they optioned right-handed pitcher Angel Guzman to Triple-A before the game and called up Pie, a top prospect who batted leadoff.

    “I'm upset right now because I like to play everyday,” Soriano said Tuesday morning. “I think I want to be there for them in a week.”

    Notes: Gonzalez has five four-hit games. ... Cubs manager Lou Piniella said before the game that Ohman simply “needs more work.” The left-hander had a 9.00 ERA in five appearances after allowing a three-run homer by Marcus Giles in Monday's 12-4 win.
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    This article made it seem like Blanco hit a sceamer offa the ivy, when in reality, Cameron simply lost it in the sun, and Brian Giles couldn't get there in time. Blanco was the lead off batter, and up to that point, Maddux was dealing. His one mistake was the pitch that Ramirez hit for a triple onna 3-2 pitch with two out in the first and 1B open.

    When Maddux saw Blanco hit the pop up, he did a little fist pump, thinking can o corn. We'll never know, but I think if Cameron catches that fly, Maddux goes 6, maybe 7 and the Pads win in 9, cuz the Cubs were shut down after their 2 run outburst in the 5th.
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    Thanks for this bit of insight. I'm glad you got to see this game after watching the blowout on Sunday. :tup:
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    Jake slid head-first into third!!!

    Peavy triples his pleasure in 11-6 victory over Diamondbacks

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    5:29 p.m. April 19, 2007


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    Padres' ace Jake Peavy drove in two runs with his first career triple and added a double – and got the victory – for the Padres, who beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-6 on Thursday.


    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>SAN DIEGO – For one game, at least, Jake Peavy was a better hitter than pitcher. The Padres' ace drove in two runs with his first career triple and added a double in San Diego's 11-6 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday.
    Peavy's triple, which he finished with a headfirst slide, highlighted the five-run third and helped the Padres take a 7-0 lead.

    The cushion came in handy because Peavy (3-0) went from pitching lights-out to getting pulled with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth. He struck out eight but allowed five runs, four earned, on 10 hits and two walks, and his ERA rose from 0.90 to 2.13.


    Earlier in the day, Peavy received a text message from his friend Michael Barrett, the Chicago Cubs' catcher. Barrett kidded Peavy for his “tired” swing when he had to pinch-hit in the Padres' 14-inning win at Wrigley Field on Tuesday.

    “I just text messaged him back, 'Hey, I think that thing got me messed up. It got me thinking I was a hitter and I forgot how to pitch today,'” Peavy said.

    “Hey, a win's a win. I'll take a win any day of the week,” he said. “Today was a good day. The boys battled.”

    Khalil Greene and Rob Bowen hit solo homers for the Padres, who've struggled offensively this year but managed to score a season-high in runs. Bowen had three RBIs and scored three runs, both career-highs.

    The Padres split the two-game homestand, with the win coming less than 24 hours after they lost 5-3 in 12 innings. It was the most runs the Padres scored at spacious Petco Park since July 18, when they beat Philadelphia 10-6.

    Arizona's Chris Young had a solo homer among his three hits, and scored three times.

    Peavy allowed only three baserunners – one of whom he picked off – through four scoreless innings, then got worked over by the bottom of the Diamondbacks' order. The right-hander allowed nine of his last 13 batters to reach base.

    “I just didn't make a whole lot of good pitches,” Peavy said. “I think I mentally relaxed a little bit with a 7-0 lead. I felt good, and I just kind of let my guard down. It was different.”

    Young hit a solo homer with one out in the fifth, his second. Diamondbacks starter Livan Hernandez kept the inning alive with a two-out single, and Arizona added three more singles, including Orlando Hudson's two-run base hit.

    Peavy retired Scott Hairston on a pop foul leading off the sixth but couldn't get another out. The next four batters reached, including Miguel Montero with an RBI single and pinch-hitter Tony Clark with a walk that chased Peavy.

    Heath Bell came on and retired Stephen Drew before Eric Byrnes reached on catcher's interference on Bowen, allowing Young to score. Hudson forced Byrnes to end the inning.

    “Psychologically, when you're down 7-0 and Peavy is on the mound, that can be a little demoralizing,” Arizona manager Bob Melvin said. “But we kept pecking away and got him out of there, and ended up getting pretty close.”

    The Padres jumped on Hernandez in the third. Russell Branyan hit an RBI double and Bowen an RBI single, and both scored on Peavy's triple over Hairston's head into the left-center gap.
    Peavy said he couldn't help but slide headfirst.

    “It's hard thinking when you're out there playing the game,” said Peavy, who then scored on Marcus Giles' sacrifice fly. “It's something I know that's probably not advised. I'm sorry for doing it but I was just playing the game. I'll try to go the other way next time.”

    Giles said he wasn't surprised to see Peavy flying around second toward third.

    “That's just the way Peav is,” Giles said. “He's all-out, every time. He's a grinder.”

    Manager Bud Black, a former big league pitcher, said it worries him to see the way Peavy ran the bases. But, Black added, “They love to play, these guys. It's tough to take the youthful exuberance out of them. You don't want to. It's what makes them what they are.”

    Giles also hit an RBI single in the second, and Mike Cameron had a sacrifice fly in the first.

    Hernandez (1-1) allowed seven runs and eight hits in five innings, walked five and struck out two.
    “They are a good-hitting team and they were hitting anything I threw them,” Hernandez said.
    Greene hit his third homer and Bowen his first, both off Brandon Medders in the seventh.

    Notes: Black said the Padres are discussing whether to contact the league office about David Wells' ejection by umpire Doug Eddings on Wednesday night. Wells, who was jawing at Eddings from the dugout in the 12th inning, said the umpire rubbed his belly and told the pitcher, “You're fat.” Eddings denied that, saying, “That's false. I would never.” ... Eddings worked behind the plate Thursday.

    (Geoff Blum and many fans saw Eddings do this motion...:tdown: )


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    Padres break out the bats vs. Rockies

    04/21/2007 1:21 AM ET By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    DENVER -- The actual location of the visiting bullpen at Coors Field sits some 400 feet away from home plate, though that distance might have felt like it was 400 miles Friday.


    That's because the relievers in the Padres' bullpen -- the one that, entering the game, was tied for the league lead in innings pitched this season -- got to sit and watch the game instead of hurrying to get in it.

    "It was great," reliever Kevin Cameron said. "It was a little more relaxed out there."

    Cameron was talking about a nearly restful night for the team's bullpen, but he could well have been referring to the dominant pitching performance of Padres starter Chris Young.

    Six days removed from getting roughed up on national television in Los Angeles, Young allowed one run on four hits in seven innings without a walk in San Diego's 11-1 victory over the Rockies (7-10) before a crowd of 22,338 at Coors Field.

    "In LA, I was out of sync and I didn't make my pitches," Young said, referring to his two-inning stint that saw him allow four runs and burn through 84 pitches. "Tonight, I was more aggressive in the strike zone."

    Which is what the Padres (10-7) needed Friday, for a variety of reasons. First, this was a nice start to a six-game road trip against two division foes. Second, that Young was able to work deep into the game allowed the bullpen -- aside from the two scoreless innings Doug Brocail threw in relief -- a night to get caught up.

    While Young burned through the Rockies' lineup, the Padres' offense made sure that the bullpen could get a breather by scoring nine runs over the first four innings, with five in the fourth inning alone.

    Averaging 3.6 runs a game in their first 15 games, the Padres have scored 11 runs in each of their last two games, both victories. And while this blissful run of offense will not last long -- in baseball, it never does -- many San Diego players felt that the performances the last two days are more indicative of what the team is capable of offensively.

    "I've got a feeling that if we're on the road, we're going to get 10-plus hits and score five-plus runs," said first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, who had two hits and knocked in four runs, three on a first-inning home run. "We have got the type of lineup that can score runs."

    Every Padres starter had at least one hit Friday with catcher Rob Bowen collecting a career-high three hits, including two doubles. Center fielder Mike Cameron, mired in a funk for what seems like since Opening Day, enjoyed his first three-hit game of the season.

    Even Young had a single and drove in a run, though he clearly saved his best work for his time on the mound, where he looked nothing like the pitcher who threw 42 pitches in one inning in his loss to the Dodgers last week.

    "Chris was really good tonight," manager Bud Black said. "I thought his slider was very sharp in the zone and that he pitched in to righties and located his pitches. ... He worked through a good lineup."

    Young did so by commanding his fastball in the strike zone, which was something that he couldn't do against the Dodgers when he walked five. But he was able to harness his fastball and he starting throwing his slider for strikes.

    Of course, being staked to an early lead never hurts, though Young said when things like that and trying to work deep into the game as to give the bullpen a much-needed rest are not things that cross his mind. Throwing quality pitches for strikes is, though.

    Young actually seemed to get better, if not more efficient, as the game wore on. He threw just 13 pitches in the sixth inning and then, in his final inning, Young needed nine pitches to get three outs. All told, he threw 101 pitches, 72 for strikes.

    "Sometimes it takes me a while to find a rhythm," Young said.
    That's something the Padres' bullpen -- which had to soak up plenty of innings during a 14-inning game on Monday and a 12-inning game Tuesday -- could certainly appreciate.

    Brocail, who hadn't pitched since April 17, needed 32 pitches to get through the final two innings. But relievers like Cla Meredith (nine appearances), Heath Bell (seven), Scott Linebrink (seven), closer Trevor Hoffman (six) and Kevin Cameron (five) simply got to sit and watch Young deal strike after strike Friday, albeit from afar.

    "That was big, obviously," Black said. "It saved a number of arms."
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    Padres stay hot at plate as Hensley gets first win

    By Pat Graham
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    7:47 p.m. April 21, 2007

    DENVER – Clay Hensley pitched through a blister for his first victory this season, and Marcus Giles had four hits, including two doubles, as the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 7-3 on Saturday night.

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    Adrian Gonzalez is congratulated by third base coach Glenn Hoffman after hitting a home run leading off the third against Rockies starter Jeff Francis.

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    Hensley, bothered by a blister on the tip of his right middle finger his past three starts, gave up two runs on 10 hits in six innings. Hensley (1-3) entered with a 12.21 ERA, but lowered it to 9.45.

    Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer in the third and Brian Giles drove in two runs and had two hits. Mike Cameron, who entered hitting .194, had two hits, a walk and scored twice.
    Garrett Atkins finished with three doubles and two RBIs.

    Heath Bell, who relieved Hensley in the seventh, gave up his first run of the season on an RBI double by Atkins. With the bases loaded, Bell then struck out pinch-hitter Yorvit Torrealba. Bell had gone 10 1-3 innings without allowing a run.

    Scott Linebrink got out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth by getting Todd Helton to fly out to deep center.

    Jeff Francis (1-2) struggled early, giving up five runs through three innings, but settled down. He lasted six innings and allowed a season-high 13 hits.

    Matt Holliday had two outfield assists in the sixth inning, tying a club record. He threw out Jose Cruz Jr. at the plate and helped retire Brian Giles, who got hung up between first and second after an RBI single.

    Colorado had its share of baserunning gaffes early in the game. Helton was thrown out at the plate on a strike by Cruz in the third inning. Helton ran through the stop sign by third-base coach Mike Gallego and was tagged out by Rob Bowen.

    Atkins was caught trying to take third following a double in the first as the Padres threw home in an attempt to get Jamey Carroll. The ball skipped away from Bowen, but Hensley picked it up and threw out Atkins.

    Marcus Giles led off the game with a single – extending his hitting streak to 11 games – and Cruz followed with a double as the Padres scored two early runs.

    The Rockies failed to hit a home run for the fourth straight home game. It matches the second-longest home run drought at Coors Field in team history. Colorado went six games without a homer in June 2004.

    Colorado remained the only team left in the majors without multiple home runs in a game.

    Notes: The last Rockies player to record two assists in an inning was Jeromy Burnitz on April 27, 2004, against Florida. ... The Rockies placed reliever Ramon Ramirez on the 15-day DL with a sprained right elbow and designated pitcher Matt Herges for assignment. Pitchers Ryan Speier and Bobby Keppel were called up from Triple-A Colorado Springs. ... Speier appeared in his first major league game Saturday night since Sept. 29, 2005, at the New York Mets. He gave up one run in an inning. Keppel worked a scoreless eighth. ... The Rockies stranded 14 runners.
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    Hoffman Saves One for Maddux

    Hoffman saves one for Maddux
    04/29/2007 2:04 AM ET By Amanda Branam / Special to MLB.com

    SAN DIEGO -- For anyone who missed Saturday night's 3-2 win against the Dodgers at PETCO Park, allow Padres starter Greg Maddux to explain what happened.


    "[Khalil] Greene got the big hit, and Trevor came in and did his thing. That's pretty good," Maddux said.

    It seems the world can return to normal now, after Trevor Hoffman blew his two previous save opportunities, the first time he had done that in a decade. He converted his fifth save of the season in front a sold-out crowd of 42,385. It was the 487th save of his career, extending his Major League record.

    Maddux (2-2) did his thing too, throwing just 80 pitches through seven innings of work against his former team to earn his 335th career victory. He gave up a run in the first inning and another third, both courtesy of Jeff Kent's bat, an RBI single in the opening frame and then an RBI double.

    "He pitched outstanding," said San Diego manager Bud Black. "He was efficient, to say the least. He got better as the game went on.

    "He struggled a little bit with his command early on, but from the third inning on it looked like he found his release point," Black said.

    Clearly, Maddux found something at the end of third, retiring the next 14 batters, a streak that only stopped because Black took him out after the seventh.

    "Maybe I located a little bit better. I was a little wild early. I ended up being a little wild late too, but they kept hitting right at people," said the 41-year-old Maddux. "I was fortunate to stay out of the big inning earlier in the game, and the guys came back."

    The comeback began with two outs in the fourth inning, and up to that point, Dodgers right-hander Brett Tomko (0-2) had been perfect. Brian Giles broke up the perfect game with a single to right-center. Adrian Gonzalez followed that up with a single of his own, and Greene came through with a hard double down the left-field line.

    Greene took third on the play and scored on Mike Cameron's single. Before Saturday, Cameron had hit a 2-for-19 skid over his previous five games.

    The Gold Glove center fielder was part of a less-than golden baserunning play for San Diego, when catcher Rob Bowen unexpectedly lay down a bunt with one out and runners at first and third in the seventh inning.

    Dodgers reliever Chin-Hui Tsao reacted quickly and was able to get to the ball, leaving Cameron caught between third and home. Dodgers catcher Russell Martin tagged out Cameron in the rundown, and also tagged out Kevin Kouzmanoff, who was between second and third. Kouzmanoff had nowhere to go, as Bowen had taken second while Cameron was in the rundown, finishing off the inning with a not-so usual 1-5-2 double play.

    The play didn't end up being a costly one for the Padres, because the bullpen was able to hold its ground. Left fielder Terrmel Sledge helped San Diego avoid trouble in the top of the eighth when Juan Pierre hit a one-out drive down the left-field line. Pierre, always looking for an extra base, tested Sledge's arm. At the foul line, Sledge turned and fired, narrowly getting the throw to Marcus Giles in time to tag Pierre out at second.

    "Great play. Big," said Black. "When [Pierre] was on second earlier, he caused quite a bit of havoc. I've got to give Sledge a lot of credit for the amount of work he put in in Peoria on that play."

    That squashed any potential rally that could come from the Dodgers in the eighth, and in the ninth, as Maddux said, Hoffman did his thing.

    The closer faced a dangerous part of L.A's order in Kent, Luis Gonzalez and Martin. Hoffman put up a 1-2-3 inning, not without drama, as Martin flied out deep to left-center. Hoffman said that it can be hard sometimes to put the bad outings out of your mind.

    "It's easier said than done. It's something you are going to replay over and over and try and find where you can make some better pitches, but it's just a matter of going out and trying to get it done," he said. "The biggest thing is you've got to understand you can't change what's happened from the night before."
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    Hoffman Saves One for Maddux

    The folks wanting to ****-can Trevor musta been apoplectic when he came in facing the hearta the foogin dodgers lineup :icon_eek: :yes: :rolleyes:

    Great win for the Pads, let's get the rubber match!! :tup:
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    Aside from the loss, Sunday's game did come with a little more bad news: Marcus Giles has a bruised rib cage after trying to break up a double play in the seventh inning.
    The second baseman played through the ninth inning, but said it began to feel worse as the game went on.

    He's listed as day-to-day.:tdown:

    I hope he's okay. He's our best hitter!
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    Young dominates, Kouzmanoff gets key triple in 3-0 Padres victory

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    </TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>SAN DIEGO – Slumping rookie Kevin Kouzmanoff drove in a run with his first big league triple and Chris Young pitched eight strong innings, leading the Padres to a 3-0 win over the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. It was another night when offense was hard to come by at Petco Park. Young and closer Trevor Hoffman combined on a three-hit shutout, while Washington's Shawn Hill and Micah Bowie held the Padres to four hits.

    Kouzmanoff was batting just .110 (8-for-73) before tripling off the out-of-town scoreboard on the right-field wall to bring in Mike Cameron with one out in the seventh. Kouzmanoff then scored on a suicide squeeze by Oscar Robles.

    Kouzmanoff was in a 1-for-23 slump coming into his key at-bat. Obtained in the offseason from Cleveland for popular second baseman Josh Barfield, Kouzmanoff has struggled offensively all season. His claim to fame, of course, is that he's the only major leaguer to hit a grand slam on his first pitch, on Sept. 2 at Texas.

    Cameron was aboard on a one-out walk when Kouzmanoff tripled to chase Hill. Young (3-2), who had two rough outings among his previous three starts, allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked three.

    Hoffman pitched a perfect ninth for his sixth save in eight chances, extending his big league record to 488.

    Hill (2-3) allowed three runs and four hits in 6 1-3 innings, struck out five and walked three. He was a 33rd-round pick by the Padres in the 1999 amateur draft but chose not to sign.

    Adrian Gonzalez doubled in Brian Giles with San Diego's first run in the fourth. Giles was aboard on a leadoff single.

    Hill had to be checked by a trainer after he fell awkwardly while trying to field first baseman Dmitri Young's off-mark throw on Jose Cruz Jr.'s infield single in the third. Hill, who appeared to be favoring his left shoulder, stayed in the game.

    Notes: Padres 2B Marcus Giles was feeling better but missed his second straight start due to a rib cage injury sustained during a 17-inning loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday. Manager Bud Black thinks Giles will be able to play beginning with a weekend series at Florida. ... Robles made his second straight start at 2B. ... INF Russell Branyan is expected to rejoin the team Friday at Florida. He's been on the bereavement list since Friday due to the death of his father-in-law. ... Neither the Nationals nor the Padres were able to take batting practice due to a college game between UC San Diego and Point Loma Nazarene. Black visited both dugouts and was reminded why aluminum bats aren't his favorite. “I don't like the sound,” Black said. ... Padres SS Khalil Greene struck out three times to drop to 2-for-21 in his last six games.
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    Great game, great win...hope Khalil breaks outta his slump soon. He's left a small village on base the past 4 or so games.

    Otherwise, Go Pads!! :tup: :abq1:
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    Lest I forget, what great game by CY!! :icon_eek: :yes: :tup: :abq1:
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    Is it just me or were hitters absolutely owning pitchers last night? There were some DEEP HRs hit last night in several games.

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