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    San Diego, 12, Cincinnati, 7, 11 Innings.

    August 11, 2007

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    CINCINNATI (AP) -- Just because Trevor Hoffman blows a save doesn't mean the San Diego Padres have to lose the game.

    Khalil Greene homered and drove in three runs, including the go-ahead run in the 11th, and San Diego overcame a rare Hoffman failure with a 12-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

    David Weathers (2-4), Cincinnati's sixth relief pitcher, walked the bases loaded with one out to set up Greene's sacrifice fly to left field, which snapped a 7-7 tie. Josh Bard followed with a two-run triple down the right field line, and Kevin Kouzmanoff greeted reliever Victor Santos with a first-pitch two-run homer to left.
    Weathers left the clubhouse before the media was allowed in, but Reds manager Pete Mackanin said the closer -- who had converted 22 of 27 save opportunities -- can't be expected to deliver every night. "He doesn't do that," Mackanin said about Weathers' control problems. "It's just one of those things. It's totally unexpected. That's just the way it goes. You can't expect him to be as good as he's been all year."

    Brian Giles and Adrian Gonzalez homered for the Padres, who'd lost three of their previous four games.

    Rookie Kevin Cameron (1-0), San Diego's sixth reliever, pitched the final two innings for his first career win.
    "It's nice to win any game, but a game like this is a really good win," Padres manager Bud Black said. "You can gain momentum. This was truly a team win."
    Hoffman had converted 25 consecutive save opportunities before Brandon Phillips led off the ninth with a double and Hatteberg followed one out later with a double off the left field wall to tie the game at 7. Hoffman came back to get two popups and end the inning, but the blown save was Hoffman's first since April 27 against Los Angeles.


    "Those were pretty hard-fought at bats," Greene said about Phillips and Hatteberg. "One thing he's always been able to do is come back and maintain."

    Greene hit his 19th homer to lead off the sixth to extend San Diego's lead to 6-4. After the Reds tied the game, Greene's bloop single to right-center field in the seventh put the Padres ahead, 7-6. "That's the way the game goes," Greene said. "You play it all the way out. Lately, we haven't had a lot of offense, but it seems like where it has come in, it's come in bunches."

    The Reds pieced together a two-run rally against Cla Meredith in the sixth on a run-scoring groundout by pinch-hitter Mark Bellhorn, and a weak infield grounder that Norris Hopper beat out for a single when Meredith slipped and fell while catching the ball.

    The Reds capitalized on center fielder Mike Cameron's mental error to take a 2-0 lead against Wilfredo Ledezma in the first. Phillips doubled and stole third base with one out, and Ken Griffey Jr. walked. Phillips scored on Jeff Conine's sacrifice to Cameron, whose throw home sailed far over the cutoff man, allowing Griffey to move to second base and score on Adam Dunn's single to center.

    They took advantage of another miscue to add a run in the second. Alex Gonzalez led off with a double and, one out later, moved to third on a passed ball, leaving him in position to score on Hopper's two-out bunt single.

    Giles cut Cincinnati's lead to 3-2 with a two-run homer in the third, his third of the season and first in 79 at-bats since July 14. Griffey responded by leading off the third with a 403-foot homer into the right-center field seats, his 27th homer of the season.
    Griffey's 590th home run puts him 14 behind Sammy Sosa on the career home run list.

    Adrian Gonzalez hit his 19th homer of the season in the fourth inning with two runners on to give San Diego a 5-4 lead. He went 3-for-4 with three RBIs.

    San Diego left-hander Wilfredo Ledezma's first start since last Sept. 29, for Detroit against Kansas City, lasted 3 1-3 innings. The left-hander gave up five hits and four runs, three earned, with three walks and three strikeouts.

    Cincinnati right-hander Matt Belisle allowed six hits and five runs with two walks and four strikeouts in five innings.

    <SMALL>Notes</SMALL> The Padres placed RHP Doug Brocail on the bereavement list and OF Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list Friday, and recalled LHP Joe Thatcher and purchased the contract of RHP Jack Cassel from Triple-A Portland. ... Hopper extended his career-high hitting streak to eight games. ... Ledezma is the 375th different pitcher to give up a homer to Griffey. ... Cassel made his major league debut.
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    Giles blasts two more homers in win

    08/12/2007 6:12 PM ET By Corey Brock / MLB.com

    CINCINNATI -- There's no telling exactly what got into Brian Giles these last three days in Cincinnati, though it's fair to say the Padres hope it sustains the four-hour charter ride back to San Diego.

    Even during four consecutive 30-plus home runs seasons early in his career, Giles never hit five home runs in a three-game stretch, as he did this weekend while turning Great American Ball Park into his own playpen.

    The 36-year-old isn't a bona fide power threat anymore, which is fine for the Padres, who have inserted him at the top of the order, charging him with the task of getting on base to help ignite a moribund offense.

    But no one ever said how long Giles had to stay on base once he got there, which proved important again on Sunday, as Giles' two home runs helped to power the Padres to a 10-4 victory over the Reds in front of a crowd of 31,297.

    "I've hit the ball like this before," said Giles, who last hit 30 or more home runs in 2002. "This park is a little easier. This park is a little more conducive to my power. I feel OK ... but I don't feel totally locked in."

    It certainly looked like it.

    Consider this: Giles came into this series with two home runs over his first 286 at-bats of the season. Then he goes and hits five in 13 at-bats against the Reds to help the Padres put a nice finish on a seven-game road trip that saw San Diego (63-54) win three games.

    They certainly finished in fine style, setting franchise records for the most doubles (nine) and extra-base hits (12) to give starting pitcher Jake Peavy plenty of run support on a day when he said that his stuff was just "OK."

    Giles started the game with a home run off Reds starter Bronson Arroyo (5-13) and then hit another off Arroyo in the fourth inning. It marked the first time since 2004 that Giles has hit home runs in three consecutive games.

    "He's capable of that," Padres manager Bud Black said of Giles, who raised his average to .298, the highest it's been since May 12, a week before he went on the disabled list for five weeks with a bone bruise in his right knee.

    "He plays hard. At the top of the order, he's done great things."
    Giles certainly wasn't the only Padre to swing a hot bat on Sunday, as they had 15 hits by nine players. Shortstop Khalil Greene had four hits and knocked in three runs. Morgan Ensberg and Mike Cameron each had two hits.

    "He hits doubles, extra-base hits and his slugging percentage is high," Black said of Greene, who has 66 RBIs this season. "He's got a great swing. When he's seeing the ball well, you'll see games like today."

    Coming off a loss on Saturday, where they had only one run and two hits entering the ninth inning, the Padres handed the ball to Peavy, their stopper, who won the day after a San Diego loss for the eighth time this season.

    With the Diamondbacks holding a four
    -game lead over the Padres entering the day, the 26-year-old right-hander considered Sunday's game about a big of a must-win game as they come.

    "We had to come back and win this series after losing three in St. Louis," he said. "I'm proud of the way the boys battled. We were four games back [of Arizona] ... we had to win two of three."
    Peavy (13-5) allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings on seven hits. Peavy had five strikeouts and one walk in a 107-pitch outing that could have been considerably shorter had left fielder Rob Mackowiak not been charged with an error for dropping a fly ball in a two-run sixth inning.

    "Everything was OK about today," Peavy said. "I was able to get some quick outs. I lost command of my fastball late."
    When that occurred, Black went to his bullpen for reliever Heath Bell, who got Brandon Phillips to line out to first baseman Adrian Gonzalez with the bases loaded to finish the seventh inning with the Padres holding a 6-4 lead.

    The Padres then piled it on in the ninth inning with four runs, battering the Reds' bullpen.

    Josh Bard had a two-run double early in the inning and Terrmel Sledge got his first hit of the season off a left-handed pitcher. Giles came to the plate, but the Reds, smartly, didn't want anything to do with him, as they pitched around him.

    "It's big for us ... he's done extremely well since he's been back," Greene said of Giles. "He's consistently been on base, works counts. He has that ability."
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    Padres have Monday off.

    This is my last Gameday recap until I get back next week.

    You can keep posting them up, Toby, if you'd like.:tup:

    GO PADRES! GO CHARGERS!
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    Giles blasts two more homers in Cincy

    His two homers lift Padres and Peavy
    By Tom Krasovic
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    August 13, 2007

    * Peavy is a bargain, relative to Zambrano
    * Padres highlights
    * Padres box score
    * Padres averages

    CINCINNATI – Brian Giles didn't dip his bat into the nearby Ohio River when he arrived in the Buckeye State on Friday. But he did find Cincinnati ballparks and Reds pitching restorative.

    Putting on a power display reminiscent of his best seasons, the 36-year-old leadoff man hit two more home runs yesterday, and the Padres followed suit by setting a franchise record for doubles (nine) and extra-base hits (12) en route to a 10-4 win over the Reds.

    Giles entered the series with two home runs this season, a span of 286 at-bats; he then resembled the slugger who induced the Padres to trade outfielder Jason Bay and pitcher Oliver Perez for him four Augusts ago. In a span of 13 at-bats, Giles hit five home runs over the right-field wall, including four in the final two games.

    “He'd lead the league in home runs if he played here,” Padres ace Jake Peavy said.


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    Mike Cameron collides with Reds catcher David Ross as he scores in the third inning.
    A frequent visitor when he played for the Pirates, Giles loved to bat in Cincinnati's multipurpose stadium (Riverfront) that was razed in 2002, and he equally enjoys its baseball-only successor, Great American Ball Park, whose nearby right-field seats front the Ohio.

    Over his 48 games in the Queen City, Giles has done a fine Barry Bonds, batting .344 with 17 home runs in 186 at-bats. His on-base percentage here is .454.

    Yesterday he led off the game with a home run – a career first for him – and two at-bats later tagged starter Bronson Arroyo (5-13) for a two-run home run that made it 5-0, good enough for Peavy (13-5) to improve to 7-0 on the road.

    “I've hit the ball like this before; in this park, it's a little easier,” said Giles, who had homered in three consecutive games six times, five with the Pirates. “This place is a little more conducive to my power. I don't feel like I'm totally locked in. Two or three of these might not be home runs in Petco.”

    PADRES 10, REDS 4

    Yesterday: Jake Peavy earns his 13th win of the season as the Padres offense erupts for 15 hits.

    Tomorrow: 7:05 p.m. at Petco Park; Rockies' Jeff Francis (13-5, 4.06 ERA) vs. Greg Maddux (7-9, 4.15 ERA)

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    He described the two Cincinnati venues as “great hitting parks” and added, “The NL Central is very good for hitters.”

    No argument would come from Padres shortstop Khalil Greene, who had a two-home run game in Cincinnati as a rookie and yesterday hit three doubles and a single.

    The Padres, who scored 12 runs here Friday, appeared unusually comfortable against a Reds staff that has the worst ERA in the NL. No Padres hitter would argue that Reds pitchers take a finesse approach, as if allergic to the inside fastball. Against a Reds bullpen that also ranks last and has a troika of nearly identical finesse lefties, the Padres scored five runs yesterday and seven in the series opener.

    Whoever the Padres would have faced yesterday was in for a tussle, to hear Peavy.

    “We knew we had to have this game – there was a sense of urgency,” he said after the Padres finished 3-4 on the two-city trip and headed to San Diego. “If we want to be who we want to be, you've got to win games like today, you've got to win this series. As a team, we knew that coming in.”

    Peavy and Giles said the club is mindful that first-place Arizona has gone on a tear. Although the Diamondbacks lost to the Nationals yesterday, they lead the second-place Padres by three games in the NL West.

    “We've been banged up since the All-Star break,” said Giles, who has played despite a swollen ankle and a bruised knee, “but we're still in the thick of this thing. We've played as bad as we can play, and we're still hanging in there.”

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    Peavy a bargain, relative to Zambrano

    Peavy is a bargain, relative to Zambrano


    By Tom Krasovic
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    August 13, 2007
    CINCINNATI – Before yesterday's game, Reds infielder Jeff Keppinger asked teammate Javier Valentin for a scouting report on Padres ace Jake Peavy.

    “He's Carlos Zambrano, only with better command,” Valentin said.

    Zambrano is the Cubs ace who at 26 is the same age as Peavy, who was born one day earlier. Entering play yesterday, Peavy was 12-5 with a 2.21 ERA, and Zambrano was 14-8 with a 3.69 ERA. Zambrano has proved more durable, logging at least 200 innings in each of four seasons.

    One difference between the two is that Peavy agreed to a budget-friendly multiyear deal, rather than opting to test his arbitration clout on a yearly basis or give up his first year of free agency. Among agents it was believed that Peavy benefited the Padres by $10 million to $20 million when he agreed to the deal, which also bought out Peavy's first year of free agency.

    Zambrano is making $12.4 million this year and can be a free agent in the offseason.

    Peavy, whose salary is $4.75 million this year and $6 million next year, won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2009 season. The Padres hold an $8 million option on Peavy for 2009. The salary would rise to $11 million if Peavy were to win the NL Cy Young Award in any season.

    Notes
    Switch-hitter Josh Bard batted right-handed against three right-handed pitchers in the series but declined to say why. “It'll be temporary for a little while. I'll leave it at that,” said Bard, who had tape on his right wrist yesterday. Earlier this year, Bard batted right-handed against Red Sox knuckleballer Tim Wakefield and had a big game. Against Bronson Arroyo yesterday, Bard went 0-for-3 and was the only Padres starter who didn't hit a hard shot. He pulled a two-run double off left-hander Eddie Guardado.

    Terrmel Sledge's ninth-inning double off the left-field wall was the team's ninth double of the game, a club record. It also was Sledge's first hit off a left-hander this season, a span of 27 plate appearances.

    Edinson Rincon, a 16-year-old Dominican who signed with the Padres for more than $300,000, tested positive for a banned substance, incurring a warning from major league officials. Exceptionally young for the Northwest League, the third baseman was off to an 0-for-21 start with the Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds.

    Peavy improved to 5-0 against the Reds, including 3-0 in Cincinnati. San Diego has won his eight starts against Cincinnati since 2003. On the road, he is a majors-best 7-0 with an ERA of 1.06. The win was Peavy's 70th, tying him with Andy Ashby for fourth on the Padres' all-time list.

    Peavy on his double and his first career sacrifice fly: “I felt good at the plate. I felt comfortable. Not to say I'm a good hitter by any means.”

    Khalil Greene's three doubles were a career high.

    Tom Krasovic: (619) 293-2207; tom.krasovic@uniontrib.com
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    Pads want farm system upgrade

    Padres seek farm system like Rockies'

    Colorado has great crop of homegrown players
    By Tom Krasovic
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    August 14, 2007

    Padres owner John Moores wants a more productive farm system. Padres CEO Sandy Alderson has pledged to oblige. Tonight's opponent at Petco Park is proving it can be done.

    After many years of suffering, the low-payroll, altitude-challenged Colorado Rockies are contending for first place in the National League West largely because they built a strong farm system.

    Two games behind the second-place Padres and five behind the youthful Arizona Diamondbacks, who also are benefiting from a bountiful farm, third-place Colorado (61-56) has 13 homegrown players on its 25-man roster. Under Moores, the Padres never have drawn on nearly so much organizational talent at one time. San Diego's current roster numbers only four players signed by Padres scouts as amateurs.

    The Padres' farm system has contributed producers such as ace Jake Peavy and shortstop Khalil Greene to the franchise's current run – which includes a club-record three consecutive winning seasons and two NL West titles – but the bulk of the Padres' success owes more to lopsided trades, deft waiver claims and the extraordinary longevity of closer Trevor Hoffman, 39.

    Moores wants the Padres eventually to build from within, which Colorado has done.

    “The Rockies are going to be a good team for years and years to come,” said Padres catcher Josh Bard, who was drafted and signed by the Rockies in 1999.

    Padres manager Bud Black is impressed by the patience shown by Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd, who was among Black's mentors when the two worked in the front office of the Cleveland Indians.

    “They've been talking about their farm system for a number of years, but every organization talks about that,” Black said. “They've done a nice job of developing players from within. The core of their team is homegrown. They've done a good job.”

    The Rockies never have won the NL West and finished second only once, when they grabbed the wild-card berth in 1995, a season that was shortened 18 games by a labor stoppage. Colorado's only winning season this decade came in 2000, when the club went 82-80 and finished fourth.

    Two springs ago, several Padres players predicted a breakthrough from Colorado after seeing young homegrown hitters such as Matt Holliday, Garrett Atkins and Brad Hawpe. Then-Padres infielder Vinny Castilla, a former Rockies player who had trained in the offseason with several of the franchise's young players, attested to the work habits of the young Rockies players. More endorsements came from Bard, who lives in Denver and also trains at Coors Field in the winter.

    Padres ace Jake Peavy said in April that Colorado's offense was the division's best.

    Bard, too, praised the Rockies offense, whose homegrown ranks include shortstop Troy Tulowitzki and outfielder Ryan Spillborghs. “But what people aren't talking about is their defense,” Bard said Sunday. “They can catch the ball.”

    A franchise can go far without a bountiful farm system. The Padres, for example, had only three homegrown players on their World Series roster in 1998.

    But there are several advantages to a good farm system, which can fill holes and facilitate trades. Young major leaguers tend to be less expensive, because not until after a player's third season is he eligible for arbitration and only after six years of major league service can he become a free agent. A young cast of homegrown players is allowing the Rockies, despite paying $16 million to first baseman Todd Helton, to contend with a payroll that ranks 25th out of 30 major league teams.

    What's more, because so many of their players came through the same farm system, the Rockies probably are more cohesive than several other clubs, Bard said.

    “They are a team, no question,” he said. “Those guys care about each other. They play hard.”

    Whether this Rockies team has staying power remains to be seen. Can the Rockies overcome the loss of starting pitchers Rodrigo Lopez and Jason Hirsh to season-ending injuries? Will the relief corps hold up over six months in Denver's hitter-friendly environment? In 1995, the Rockies' bullpen was running on fumes when the season ended on the 144th game.

    “It'll depend on how they pitch,” Black said when evaluating the Rockies' chances. “But they do have quality arms. They've manned the fort there. They've done a nice job.

    “You can't deny their lineup. They've got great arms in their bullpen, too. I don't think what they're doing is a surprise to anyone.”

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    No-sweat win for Padres


    Given big early lead, Maddux breezes to 341st career victory
    By Tom Krasovic
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    August 15, 2007

    The Dodgers are free falling. The young Diamondbacks are in first place but have allowed 30 more runs than they have scored. The Rockies are new to pennant-race pressure and must replace two starting pitchers lost to severe injuries.

    The Padres said in March the National League West title was theirs to lose, and whether it's pretty or not, that still may be the case with 44 games to go.

    San Diego, scoring at least eight runs for the third time in four games, last night dealt Rockies left-hander Jeff Francis his first defeat since June 8. Morgan Ensberg and Kevin Kouzmanoff hit home runs as part of an early seven-run spree, and pitcher Greg Maddux turned in another solid outing.

    Their 8-0 victory at Petco Park left the Padres two games behind Arizona, three ahead of Colorado – which had the NL's best record since May 1 – and 4½ ahead of Los Angeles.

    Of greater importance to the Padres was the selectivity their hitters showed against Francis, who walked six in 3 1/3 innings.

    “We had a lot of good walks,” Maddux said. “Some of the best at-bats were the guys that walked. That's pretty impressive. It was nice to see that.”

    Francis, the winner in his eight previous decisions, allowed a solo home run to Ensberg in the first and another to Kouzmanoff to lead off the second. He then walked five of the next seven hitters, and four scored as the Padres built a 7-0 lead.

    “I felt strong, but I let it get piled up on me pretty quick,” Francis said. “Instead of taking a step back, I tried to force it and just made things worse.”

    Maddux (8-9) logged his third consecutive walk-free outing and went 5 2/3 innings for his first win since June 27 and the 341st of his career.

    “Everything that could have gone right went right,” said the right-hander, whose swerving pitches broke several bats and induced several off-balance swings.

    Three Padres relievers contributed to the pitching staff's 11th shutout at Petco, a franchise record for shutouts at home.

    As for the offense's home work, former Padres hitter Ryan Klesko recently said that “for Petco, you need right-handed power, on-base percentage and speed.”

    The Padres, entering last night, were last in on-base percentage and 12th of 16 in the NL in stolen bases, but their increased emphasis on acquiring right-handed sluggers – which CEO Sandy Alderson publicly spoke of last year – has paid off.

    Third baseman Kouzmanoff, who cleared the center-field wall with a 418-foot shot, is outslugging the club's primary third baseman of 2006, Vinny Castilla. The rookie's 13 home runs have matched the 2006 total of the player dealt to acquire him, second baseman Josh Barfield.

    Ensberg has hit three home runs in six games at Petco since joining the Padres. Ensberg also is giving manager Bud Black more flexibility to rest Kouzmanoff, who has a history of back problems. And last night, Ensberg made his first career start at first base, spelling Adrian Gonzalez, who Black has said probably should have gotten more rest earlier this summer, when Gonzalez slumped.

    Another right-handed slugger acquired recently, Scott Hairston, went 8-for-20 overall with three home runs at Petco before going on the disabled list last week.

    In Maddux, the Padres have a consistent veteran of several playoff races. His advice: “You try to stay focused on what you have to do. It doesn't do any good to think you are going to catch Arizona or hold onto the wild-card (lead).”

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    BGiles about winning, not homers

    Brian Giles is about winning, not home runs

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    August 15, 2007

    There's no place like home for Brian Giles. Which, on the face of it, would be a good reason to relocate.

    No place makes Giles look so puny as Petco Park. No other ballpark could take an accomplished slugger and turn him into a banjo-plunking ping hitter.

    The Padres' right fielder is a guy built for bandboxes, as he emphatically demonstrated over the weekend in Cincinnati. Pitcher-friendly Petco Park swallows up his power and spits it back as forlorn fly balls.

    A more selfish man would want out. A lesser ballplayer would consider his numbers and cringe.

    “It's not about numbers,” Giles said yesterday, before the Padres' 8-0 pounding of the Colorado Rockies. “It's about winning. People can formulate their own opinions – 'Oh, you've lost your power,' and everything – and that's fine. That doesn't bother me. I know that I'm a good player and I know I'm a winner and I know a lot of teams want that type of player on their team. . . .

    “I'm not cocky or anything, or conceited. I know I'm a pretty good player. This park is difficult to hit home runs for a guy with my kind of power. That doesn't mean I can't do other things to help us win.”

    Statistically, Giles is nowhere near the same player who left Pittsburgh on Aug. 26, 2003. He hit 149 home runs in his first four years with the Pirates, compared with only 63 in roughly the same span with the Padres. The same guy who struck 38 home runs as recently as 2002 has been recast recently as a $9.6 million leadoff man, relied on for his proficiency at reaching base rather than his ability to drive runners home.

    Yet after his five-homer weekend in Cincinnati, Giles may be entitled to some revisionist history. What had heretofore looked like a steep slide now seems a suitable subject for an environmental impact study.

    In the space of 13 at-bats in the Paris of the Rust Belt, Giles struck as many home runs as he has hit in his last 404 at-bats at Petco Park, where he remains homerless for 2007.

    If that's a coincidence, “Othello” is a comedy.

    It's probably worth noting that a new Sports Illustrated poll of 257 major league position players ranks Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park as the second-best hitting site in baseball, behind only Philadelphia's claustrophobic Citizens Bank Ballpark.

    The toughest? Petco Park.

    “I think the fourth of the five might have had a chance at Petco,” Marcus Giles said of his brother's weekend blasts. “But at the most, (only) one.

    “But the thing is, even if those balls didn't get over the fence in Cincinnati, they're still going to be doubles. They're going to be hits. You're still going to get rewarded. They play so deep here that most of the balls you hit to right and right-center (field), they're going to run down, so you don't even get rewarded with a hit, let alone a home run.”

    And another thing . . .

    “It's not only the balls you miss,” Marcus Giles continued. “It's what it can do to you after you miss them. That's one of the rougher things. You hit one of your best balls and it gets caught 10 feet in front of the warning track in right-center. Then you think you've got to hit it a little harder. Less is more in this game.”

    Though the difference between Brian Giles' home/road splits was less severe in previous seasons, the toll Petco has taken this year would appear to be profound. While Giles' road slugging percentage this season is a robust .530 – slightly better than his composite career mark of .520 – his home number is harrowing: .291.

    Outside of San Diego, Giles has hit for a .343 average in 2007; at Petco, just .241. He is a Road Warrior who is just a Home Body.

    “I don't think there's any question (Petco Park) has changed him as a player,” said Joe Bick, Giles' Cincinnati-based agent. “He's trying to hit the ball on a flatter plane now in that ballpark than he does in other parks. It's not something that he tries to adjust back and forth, home and road, but it's made him a different hitter in terms of what he tries to do at the plate.

    “Certainly his power numbers have suffered because of that.”

    Because the decline in Giles' power numbers roughly coincides with baseball's stepped-up steroids vigilance, he has been subject to the same suspicions that have beset most of the game's erstwhile boppers. By the time Giles singled in the eighth inning last night, a week-old message thread titled “Do you think Brian Giles was on the juice?” had prompted 164 speculative posts on SignOnSanDiego.com.

    “People are naturally suspicious,” Bick said, “but the change in his numbers is directly related to the change in (his) home ballpark. Brian is no different body-wise than he's ever been. If he played in a ballpark like Cincinnati or Pittsburgh, I think he's definitely a 35-home run guy.”

    Brian Giles is not so bold. Though he is sure his numbers would be stronger in the National League Central Division than they have been out West, he generally resists that line of rumination. If he has grown resigned, it is without regret.

    “We've won here the last couple years and we've got a chance again this year,” he said. “In Pittsburgh, we never had a chance to win. You could put up all the numbers in the world, but you'd never wind up winning.”

    Brian Giles prefers winning to whining.

    Tim Sullivan: (619) 293-1033; tim.sullivan@uniontrib.com
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    Pads bats silent again

    Back to zero for Padres
    Major league shutout leaders blanked on three hits by Rockies

    By Tom Krasovic
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    August 16, 2007


    Padres pitcher Chris Young is back to being Chris Young – nearly invincible at Petco Park.

    Unfortunately for Young and the rest of the team, the Padres' offense remains an erratic entity.

    Rookie Ubaldo Jimenez brought in a 6.57 ERA and shut out the Padres for six innings, leading the third-place Rockies to a 3-0 victory that put second-place San Diego three games behind the Diamondbacks in the National League West.

    Young, in his second outing since an oblique strain landed him on the disabled list, threw six scoreless innings to lower his home ERA to a majors-low 0.67 before Colorado scored twice against reliever Cla Meredith in the seventh and nicked Doug Brocail for a run in the ninth.


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    Mike Cameron becomes the first of 12 Padres strikeout victims as umpire Dan Iassogna rings him up in the first.
    “I still feel like I'm not just there with my stuff,” Young said. “But I feel I can compete and be successful. There's no pain. There's still some weakness.”

    The Padres had scored at least eight runs in three of the previous four games. In all four, most of their at-bats came against finesse pitchers, which Jimenez sharply contrasted last night with fastballs clocked in the middle to high 90s. As importantly, the right-hander belied the scouting report by throwing strikes with a biting curveball.

    Jimenez allowed only one hit, a single by Geoff Blum with one out in the first. He struck out seven of the nine hitters in the lineup. Against the Padres, the Dominican has thrown 12 consecutive scoreless innings since Mike Cameron hit a three-run home run in the first on July 24.

    “He pitched well,” Cameron said. “You've got to give him a little credit. He was throwing hard, mixed in his pitches. We hit the ball hard a couple times right at them.”

    ROCKIES 3, PADRES 0

    Yesterday: Colorado's Ubaldo Jimenez strikes out nine to get the win.

    Today: 7:05 p.m. at Petco Park; Elmer Dessens (1-1, 6.60) vs. Clay Hensley (1-3, 6.18)

    On the air: 4 San Diego, 1090-AM, 105.7-FM
    In the game at Denver on July 24, Young suffered the first oblique strain of his career. He has come back strongly, allowing one run or fewer before the seventh each time.

    “There are lingering effects from the oblique strain, but he is such a competitor,” said manager Bud Black. “I don't think he's quite 100 percent, but he's utilizing all of his pitches, which I think going forward will aid him.”

    Fellow starter Greg Maddux and Young have combined for 11 2/3 scoreless innings in the series, opposite a potent offense that Padres General Manager Kevin Towers rates highly.

    “I don't know of a better offensive club in our league,” Towers said before the game. “They're for real. They're going to be there in the end. My worry was that if the Rockies and Diamondbacks were still playing strong in August and September, they might start sniffing (the division title).”

    Young opened with four strikeouts and dismissed his final six batters to secure his 10th scoreless outing in 22 this season. He allowed three hits: singles by Garrett Atkins and Spilborghs and a one-out double by Matt Holliday in the fourth. He had thrown 95 pitches when Black enlisted Meredith. “Six innings was enough,” Black said.

    Meredith allowed a line single to Atkins to lead off, then walked Brad Hawpe, who hit a big home run off him in Denver last month. Meredith struck out Spilborghs and retired the No. 8 hitter on a groundout that advanced both runners, bringing up rookie Ian Stewart, a left-handed hitter chosen in the first round of the 2003 draft. Stewart fell behind 0-2, then grounded a single to center field for a 2-0 lead and Colorado's first run in the series.

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    Padres can see LaForest from the trees

    Recent callup's HR, 3 hits help pace nine-run rally in 11-9 victory over Rockies

    By Bernie Wilson
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    10:16 p.m. August 16, 2007

    SAN DIEGO – Mike Cameron's three-run homer and Pete Laforest's two-run shot highlighted a nine-run rally with two outs in the fifth inning that carried the Padres to an 11-9 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday night.

    In winning a game more suited for Denver's Coors Field than pitcher-friendly Petco Park, the Padres took two of three from the Rockies and retained their lead in the wild-card race. San Diego, trying to win its third straight NL West title, remained three games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Rockies fell six games behind Arizona.

    Laforest, a Canadian-born catcher who was promoted on Saturday after Michael Barrett went on the disabled list, had a career-high three hits. Every starter on both teams had a hit except San Diego shortstop Khalil Greene.

    Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his 30th save in 33 chances, extending his career record to 512. He also extended his big league record of 30-save seasons to 12.

    Trailing 6-2, the Padres sent 13 batters to the plate in the fifth inning, scoring nine runs on eight hits and two walks. In a rare twist, Marcus Giles, pinch-hitting for starter Clay Hensley, batted twice in the inning. He struck out looking for the first out, then came up again and doubled to right-center. He scored the final run on big brother Brian's single to center.

    Hensley left trailing by four runs after five innings but got the win thanks to the big rally. Hensley (2-3) was pitching in the bigs for the first time since surrendering Barry Bonds' record-tying 755th homer at Petco Park on Aug. 4. He was sent to Triple-A Portland the following day because the Padres needed a fresh arm for their taxed bullpen.

    The crowd of 28,198 gave the Padres a standing ovation after their big inning.

    Colorado's Elmer Dessens, pitching in the big leagues for the first time since May 18, walked Laforest leading off the fifth, then struck out Marcus Giles and retired Brian Giles on a fly to center. Geoff Blum walked ahead of Cameron's homer to center field, which pulled the Padres to 6-5 and knocked out Dessens.

    Jeremy Affeldt (4-3) relieved and failed to retire any of the five batters he faced. Adrian Gonzalez singled and Greene was intentionally walked, and both scored on Terrmel Sledge's opposite-field double to left to give the Padres a 7-6 lead.

    Kevin Kouzmanoff singled and Laforest homered to right, his first, to chase Affeldt. Matt Herges came on and allowed Marcus Giles' double and Brian Giles' RBI single.

    Mostly anemic this season, the Padres' offense is capable of big outbursts. On July 29, Cameron hit a two-run homer in an 11-run first inning at Houston that carried the Padres to an 18-11 win.

    The Rockies got RBI singles from Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday and Garrett Atkins in the sixth to pull to 11-9.

    The Rockies went ahead 6-2 in the fifth on Brad Hawpe's two-run double and RBI base hits by Holliday and Atkins.

    Hensley allowed six runs and six hits, walked four and struck out two.

    Dessens was making his first big league start since Oct. 2, 2005, at San Diego, while with Los Angeles. He allowed five runs and six hits in 4 2-3 innings, struck out four and walked one.

    Dessens was designated for assignment by Milwaukee on Aug. 4. The Rockies signed him to a minor league contract on Friday.

    Notes: Kouzmanoff got his first big league stolen base in the fifth. ... It was Laforest's second big league homer. His first was with Tampa Bay in 2005. ... Replays clearly showed that LF Sledge made a backhanded catch of Kazuo Matsui's fly ball leading off the game, but 2B umpire Paul Emmel ruled it a single, a call that held up after the umps huddled at the request of Padres manager Bud Black. ... Affeldt's ERA rose from 2.51 to 3.47.
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    Pads beat 'Stros behind Maddux, Adrian and Trevor

    Rookie Maddux beats Astros with arm, bat, legs

    9:49 p.m. August 15, 2007



    SAN DIEGO – Greg Maddux did a little bit of everything for the Padres on Sunday. Most importantly, he stopped a skid.

    Maddux held Houston to two hits in six innings, had two hits himself and fielded his position like the Gold Glover he is to help the Padres to a 5-3 win over the Astros that prevented a three-game sweep.

    It was the first time this season that the 41-year-old Maddux (9-9) won consecutive starts. He earned the 342nd win of his brilliant career, tying Tim Keefe for ninth on the all-time list.

    The Padres, who are trying to win their third straight NL West title, pulled within four games of the Arizona Diamondbacks, who lost 6-2 at Atlanta. San Diego went into the day tied with Philadelphia for the wild-card lead.


    The Padres won for just the 17th time in 36 games since the All-Star break, when they led the division by one game over the Los Angeles Dodgers.

    San Diego's Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo homer off Matt Albers (3-6), and Brian Giles had three hits and an RBI. Trevor Hoffman gave up Mike Lamb's RBI single in the ninth before striking out Eric Bruntlett with two runners on for his 31st save in 34 chances, and the 513th save of his career.

    Maddux had a scary moment in the third when he went from first to third on Giles' single down the left-field line. Maddux slid in ahead of the throw and caught his left foot on the bag, twisting his body around. After being checked by a team trainer and manager Bud Black, Maddux stayed in the game and threw three more scoreless innings.

    After allowing Lance Berkman's solo homer to left with two outs in the first, Maddux retired 12 straight until allowing a single to Eric Bruntlett with two outs in the fifth. Bruntlett stole second and was stranded. Maddux allowed one run, struck out four and walked none.

    Maddux singled to center in the third and beat out an infield single to shortstop in the fifth.

    Berkman's homer, his 24th, was his third of the series. He homered twice on Friday night, providing all the Astros' runs in a 3-1 win.

    San Diego's anemic offense came alive in the fourth to take a 2-1 lead. Gonzalez singled and Khalil Greene doubled opening the inning, followed by Rob Mackowiak's RBI groundout and Terrmel Sledge's sacrifice fly.

    Gonzalez homered to right leading off the sixth, his 20th. Albers issued three straight walks with two outs and made way for Mark McLemore, who promptly walked pinch-hitter Mike Cameron to give San Diego a 4-1 lead. Giles followed with an RBI single to left. Josh Bard was thrown out trying to score from second, ending the inning.

    Albers allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings, struck out three and walked three.{EP} Houston's Jason Lane hit an RBI single in the seventh.

    Notes: Astros ace Roy Oswalt said it's possible he'll miss his next scheduled start because of a strained left oblique sustained in Saturday night's game. Asked how it felt Sunday, Oswalt said “”not great.” Oswalt said he'll know more after throwing on flat ground, probably on Monday after the team returns to Houston. ... Astros slugger Carlos Lee (strained right hip flexor) missed his first start of the season. He pinch-hit in the ninth and popped out. ... Padres ace Jake Peavy is scheduled to start Wednesday at the New York Mets on his regular four days rest. Black had considered giving him an extra day. ... Black said he tentatively plans to start LF Milton Bradley on Tuesday at the Mets. Bradley injured his right hamstring on Aug. 3 and hasn't started since. Bradley pinch-hit in the eighth, just his second appearance since Aug. 3, and grounded out.
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    Peavy Ks 11 in Padres win

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    <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = FSTL /><FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="104896">Jake Peavy</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> slowed down the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">New York Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> - if not <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="139875">Jose Reyes</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> - by striking out 11 and pitching the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">San Diego Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> to a 7-5 victory Wednesday night.

    Hours after major league ERA leader <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="220839">Chris Young</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> returned to San Diego because of a bad back, Peavy (14-5) delivered the big performance the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="51">NL</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> wild-card leaders needed.

    The All-Star righty limited the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> to two hits over six innings. <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85819">Trevor Hoffman</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> got two outs for his 32nd save in 36 chances, following his ninth-inning meltdown the previous night in a 7-6 loss.

    Hoffman's 514th career save came with a little excitement as the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> scored three times in the ninth. Second baseman <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85646">Geoff Blum</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> dropped <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="211677">David Wright</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>'s popup but managed to get a forceout and, after <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85146">Carlos Beltran</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> hit an RBI single, <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85392">Carlos Delgado</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> struck out to end it.

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    Delgado's bat slipped out of his hands on the final pitch and went helicoptering back toward Hoffman, who managed to avoid getting hit.

    Reyes did his best to rattle the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, stealing three bases and setting a <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> record with 67 in a season. The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="55">NL East</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> leaders swiped five in all, yet saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.

    Seven times this year the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> have won four in a row; once again, they failed to make it five.

    The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> set a franchise record by scoring at least five runs for the 10th straight game. <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="84930">Jeff Conine</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, in his first at-bat since being traded from Cincinnati to the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth.

    Peavy earned his fifth straight win, improved to 8-0 on the road and increased his league-high strikeout total to 186. :tup:

    About the only thing Peavy didn't do was take over the ERA lead from Young. At 2.21, Peavy trails his teammate's 2.12.

    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="142805">Khalil Greene</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> drove in three runs for the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> and <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="418761">Kevin Kouzmanoff</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> hit a pair of RBI doubles.

    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85844">Brian Lawrence</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> (1-1) fell behind early against a familiar team. He started on opening day for the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> in 2003 and 2004.

    The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, like the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, have never pitched a no-hitter. Peavy came out so strong that he at least seemed to have the Shea Stadium crowd of 50,060 worried - when Reyes singled in the fifth for the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' first hit, there was a prolonged cheer of relief.
    Reyes, who earlier stole second and third to tie the mark <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85093">Roger Cedeno</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> set in 1999, then teamed up with Wright on a double steal. Beltran hit a two-run double that made it 4-2.

    Greene hit an RBI single in the second and San Diego increased the lead by hitting a bunch of balls off <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> gloves.

    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85343">Mike Cameron</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> lined a single that shortstop Reyes nearly caught in the fourth and Kouzmanoff grounded an RBI double that glanced off third baseman Wright's mitt.

    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="139851">Adrian Gonzalez</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> drove in another run with a hard bouncer to first that Delgado misplayed for an error, and Cameron followed with an RBI single.

    Greene delivered a two-out, two-run single in the seventh after reliever <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85642">Guillermo Mota</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>'s wild pitch. Kouzmanoff's double made it 7-2.

    Notes Peavy is 10-0 on the road since losing Sept. 8 at San Francisco. ... Wright tied a team record by drawing four walks. Many <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71607">Mets</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> have accomplished the feat. ... The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> edged ahead in the all-time series between the teams, 208-207. ... Beltran has 21 RBIs in his last 10 games. ... Reyes had the sixth three-steal game of his career.
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    <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=yspsctnhdln>Padres RHP Young undergoes tests on lower back:tdown: </TD></TR><TR><TD height=7><SPACER type="block" width="1" height="1"></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE><STYLE type=text/css> td.yspwidearticlebody { font-size: 13.5px; }</STYLE><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD class=yspwidearticlebody>August 22, 2007

    FLUSHING, New York (Ticker) - San Diego Padres righthander Chris Young, who was forced to leave his start against the New York Mets on Tuesday after just five innings, has returned to San Diego to undergo tests on his lower back Wednesday.

    Young will be examined by Dr. Heinz Hoenecke, a team physician and orthopedic surgeon.
    "It's a little too early to tell. We'll know more (Thursday)," Padres manager Bud Black said. "Hopefully, it won't be a DL."

    But the 28-year-old Young will miss his scheduled start Sunday in Philadelphia.

    Young, who is 9-4 with a 2.12 ERA, had been sidelined with a strained oblique and began experiencing the back problem after a start in St. Louis on August 9. He is winless in three starts since coming off the disabled list earlier this month.

    The absence of Young for a prolonged period would be a huge blow to the Padres (66-58), who are in second place in the National League West, 3 1/2 games behind the Arizona Diamondbacks (71-56). The Padres are tied with the Philadelphia Phillies atop the wild card standings.

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    Its about taking a round ball coming at you at 90MPH, and taking a round bat, and hitting it square, then running around a bunch of things laid out on a field. And its about 9 guys who dont like you, trying to take you out.
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    I heart baseball.:yes:
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    The Pads are actually 1 game ahead of the Phillies, as they lost to the foogin dodgers last nite. :)
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    Pads beat the Mets in 10 on AGonz' blast

    Wagner and Hoffman blow saves
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    7:59 p.m. August 23, 2007

    NEW YORK – Adrian Gonzalez homered in the 10th inning and the San Diego Padres outlasted the New York Mets 9-8 on Thursday night in a wild game that included blown saves by Billy Wagner and Trevor Hoffman.

    The Padres took two of three from the NL East leaders in a potential playoff preview. San Diego increased its lead in the wild-card race to two games over Philadelphia.

    Wagner and Hoffman, two of baseball's best closers, both struggled mightily all series. Wagner blew one save chance and gave up the go-ahead run in the ninth inning Tuesday before New York rallied to win. Hoffman blew two saves, sandwiched around a successful conversion Wednesday night.

    On Aug. 10, Wagner and Hoffman blew saves on the same day for the first time ever. Thirteen days later, they did it in the same game.

    The Mets led 7-6 in the ninth and handed the ball to Wagner, who was trying for his 30th save. But he allowed back-to-back doubles to Khalil Greene and pinch-hitter Terrmel Sledge, and Josh Bard followed with an RBI single that gave San Diego an 8-7 lead. It was the third blown save this year for Wagner.

    The Mets stormed back against Hoffman, baseball's career saves leader. Jose Reyes and Luis Castillo hit consecutive singles with one out, then pulled off a double steal. David Wright's sacrifice fly tied it.

    After an intentional walk to Carlos Beltran and a walk to Carlos Delgado, Moises Alou grounded out to end the inning.

    Gonzalez hit his solo home run with one out in the 10th off Aaron Heilman (7-6). It was the 21st of the year for Gonzalez.

    Hoffman (3-4) was credited with the win. Ex-Met Heath Bell pitched a scoreless ninth for his first career save.

    Trailing 6-1 in the sixth, the Mets scored six runs, capped by pinch-hitter Marlon Anderson's three-run homer.

    The Mets loaded the bases against starter Justin Germano before Cla Meredith retired Delgado on a popup, drawing loud boos from the near-capacity crowd. The slumping Delgado, who is getting used to hearing it from the home fans, tossed his helmet in frustration as he walked back to the dugout.

    Alou walked to force in a run, and Shawn Green's two-run single made it 6-4.

    Anderson followed with his home run to right. He had a pinch-hit double in the ninth inning Wednesday night, and has driven in 13 runs in his last 13 games.

    Bard and Greene each had three hits for the Padres.

    Veteran catcher Sandy Alomar Jr., making his Shea Stadium debut for the Mets, did an excellent job of blocking the plate in the third inning. With the score tied at 1, Milton Bradley tried to score from first on a double by Gonzalez. Bradley beat the strong relay throw from Reyes, but couldn't get a piece of the plate.

    Notes: Mets general manager Omar Minaya said RHP Pedro Martinez threw in the bullpen in Florida and will next take the mound Monday for Class-A St. Lucie. Martinez will throw “between 80 and 90 pitches,” Minaya said. ... Wright's first-inning steal was the team's 160th of the season, surpassing the previous franchise record set in 1987. The Mets stole four more bases in the game. ... The Class-A Brooklyn Cyclones' game against Oneonta was rained out. Mets C Paul Lo Duca, who was supposed to start his rehab assignment in the game, will catch the first game of a doubleheader Friday and will be the DH in the second game.
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    Pads' bats explode after Marcus's bowled over

    Padres dance to Bradley's beat


    He belts two HRs, drives in six runs
    By Chris Jenkins
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    August 25, 2007

    PHILADELPHIA – Milton Bradley didn't start it. Repeat. Did not start it. Wasn't within 40 yards when all that ill temper broke out. Honest.

    Natural as it might be for people to assume that Bradley would be in the thick of any trouble swirling up around the Padres – like the benches-and bullpen-clearing dust-up at second base last night at Citizens Bank Park – the fact of the matter is that Bradley has been an instigator. He has created a huge problem for somebody else.

    The rest of the National League.

    It simply cannot be coincidence that the Padres' offensive doldrums often seem to completely disappear with Bradley in the batting order, a syndrome that continued with a vengeance in last night's 14-3 laugher over the Phillies.

    Just as he has jump-started the Padres in the larger sense, Bradley kicked things off with a first-inning double that preceded the first of two more home runs by Adrian Gonzalez. To finish off matters, too, Bradley hit the second of his two homers in the ninth inning.

    “Adrian Gonzalez is my favorite player,” said Bradley. “All-time.”

    “Milton Bradley,” said Gonzalez, “is my favorite player.”

    And so it goes in Happiness & Loveville, the foreign planet where the Padres are the hittingest bunch in baseball. They're giddy with runs and hits . . . and more pitching.

    Much also was owing to Greg Maddux, crafting like a master glass-blower in the blast-furnace heat, throwing 62 strikes among 81 pitches in a seven-inning stint. Thus, he moved past Tim Keefe into sole possession of ninth place on the all-time win list with 343 and improved his record to 10-9, making him the first pitcher to record double-digit wins in 20 consecutive seasons.

    But c'mon. Twenty-two more hits by the Padres? After 40 hits in three games at New York?

    The Padres.

    “That was impressive,” said Maddux. “First time Kouz (Kevin Kouzmanoff) gets four hits in a game. Bardy (Josh Bard) gets five hits. Milton gets six ribbies. Way to go, guys.”

    They go, to some large extent, as Bradley goes. Since Bradley returned to the starting lineup from a hamstring problem, the Padres have amassed a ridiculous 36 runs in four games against the best two teams in the NL East.

    Without Bradley in the lineup this year, the Padres batted .241 and scored an average of 4.29 runs. In the 24 games he has started, they've batted .276 and scored an average of 5.28 runs.

    “I'm just a fresh face,” said Bradley. “When I came in here, I noticed right away that there's a great blend here. A lot of guys on this team hang out. Guys talk, they have fun, they play golf together, have dinner together. Other teams might tend to get a little cliquey.

    “I find myself hanging out with guys I wouldn't have thought I'd be hanging out with. Guys like Maddux and (Jake Peavy). I'm hanging with pitchers a lot. I like to find out how they think. I've even asked them how they go after me. I mean, if I'm on the other team, I've still gotta hit it.”

    If hitting is contagious, and there's definitely a fever running amok in the Padres batting order, Bradley is Patient One.

    Gonzalez said that because Bradley is a switch-hitter with a great eye, not only can he see how pitchers might throw to him as a left-handed hitter, but that pitcher might let up once he gets Bradley's at-bat behind him.

    The two are turning into quite the 3-4 tandem, one that's meshed quickly, although it took a few seconds. Bradley remembers the first time he entered the Padres clubhouse after effectively being given to the Padres by the Oakland Athletics on June 29. Admittedly, he wondered how he'd fit in, coming in so late in the season and thinking his baggage might have arrived before him.

    “I always watch and observe,” said Bradley. “Adrian and Maddux and (Doug) Brocail were playing cards and I was like, 'Hey, guys, what's going on? And nobody looked my way. I was like, 'Oh, man.' I'm thinking they didn't like me, but I can fix it. But then Adrian stands up and said, 'I'm sorry, man, I was just locked into the game.' And all three of 'em stood up and said hello.

    “It's just that kind of team. Nobody's focused on stats. It's all about positivity.”

    Chris Jenkins: (619) 293-1267; chris.jenkins@uniontrib.com
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    Padres ranking 4th in Power Rankings, up from 7th last week:

    Chris Young leads the NL in ERA, but his balky back is a concern. The Padres need him in the rotation.

    1) Blo Sox
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    I dont take full stock in these things, but I like it as a indicator. And the indicator is the Padres are heating UP!!!
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    Word...they had 40+ hits the last 3 games vs two of the best tems in the NL!!
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    In with a bang, out with a whimper

    PHILLIES 14, PADRES 2
    Tripped up at trip's end

    Leaving rout behind, Padres focus on crucial NL West games ahead
    By Chris Jenkins
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    August 27, 2007

    PHILADELPHIA – From the time they arrived in the NL East a week ago, it was wild-card race this, wild-card race that.

    Either the New York Mets were touting the prospects of a postseason rematch, presuming the Padres would maintain their present runner-up spot in the NL West and thus reach the playoffs, or the Philadelphia Phillies were looking at the Padres as the club they have to catch from three games back in the wild-card derby.

    Although ending the otherwise bountiful trip in a funky way, falling 14-2 to the Phils yesterday at Citizens Bank Park, the Padres sort of looked at such wild-card references with quizzical silence and returned home to the quest for something more impressive in the NL West. What's the big deal about second place?

    “Nobody's going to complain if that's the way we get in, but we do think we're the best team in the National League and we're going to try to win three division titles in a row,” said pitcher Jake Peavy, who starts the Padres' wicked 10-game stretch of NL West showdowns tonight against the division-leading Arizona Diamondbacks. “We'd like to get home-field advantage for the playoffs.”

    Pause. Grin.

    “Now,” cracked Peavy, “I don't know if we want home-field advantage.” And that's an ace pitcher talking.

    Considering what's taken place the past week – indeed, the past three road series – you have to wonder.

    Yesterday's blowout score seemed much less a wakeup call for alarm than a case of the Phillies brutalizing a Triple-A call-up pitcher, Tim Stauffer, after five games in which the Padres smacked the ball around like an American League team.


    The road is not such a bad place for the Padres, whose bats seem to act like divining rods that point in the opposite direction of Petco Park. But it's home where they now need to make the most haymakers. San Diego enters the first of four games against the Diamondbacks at Petco Park, followed by three more with the Dodgers and three more at Arizona, trailing the Snakes by three games.

    Given the team's mantra that the only game that counts is today's, there was no clubhouse admission that the Padres are any more eager to play NL West games, where one outcome can mean double in the standings. It's back to pitching – the Padres' strong suit and that of both the Diamondbacks and third-place Dodgers – in ballparks made for pitching.

    Logically, things will be different than they were in New York and Philly, where the Padres amassed 81 hits in six games. They lost the first and won the next four, with a sweep of the Phillies out of the question by the fourth inning yesterday.

    “When this trip started, I said this will be a good test, going on the road in two environments that are passionate about their teams,” manager Bud Black said. “We're playing first-place and second-place teams. It's been a good test and we've answered a lot of questions. We can go into a hostile environment and win two out of three.”

    At each stop, the Padres were hardly given the cachet afforded the only other clubs to have two straight division titles in 2005 and '06, the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals. The fact that San Diego has been dispatched in the first round of both postseasons might have something to do with that.

    Until recently, to be sure, the pitching-obsessed Padres sure weren't impressing anybody with their low-octane offense. If anything, though, the turbocharging effect of Milton Bradley in the three hole has the Padres thinking they can rip with anybody.

    All but eight of the Padres' remaining 33 games are in the NL West, where San Diego already has the best record against division opponents at 27-20. If anything, the current wild-card leaders are glad to be back in a race where nobody mentions second place.

    “The wild card's secondary,” Brian Giles said. “If we had a great run in the division, but you don't get the job done, you're the fourth-best team in the National League and get a chance to play in October. Our goal is to be division champions, and we feel somebody has to take that away from us.

    “It sends a wrong vibe. You're pretty much conceding what you set out in spring training to do. You lose some intensity, and it sends the wrong message about your team. Plus, you win it two years in a row, you feel you're the team to beat.”

    Chris Jenkins: (619) 293-1267; chris.jenkins@uniontrib.com
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    Jake, Blum get Pads back on track

    Blum's two-run HR, Peavy's 11 K's win it
    By Tom Krasovic
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    August 28, 2007


    When the plate umpire's strike zone is large, as it was last night at Petco Park, Livan Hernandez becomes more deadly than many pitchers. Just ask anyone who played for the 1997 Braves, whom Hernandez de-pantsed one October afternoon in the National League Championship Series by exploiting the massive strike zone of the late Eric Gregg.

    For Padres hitters, the challenge last night was comparable. Maybe umpire Tim Welke wasn't Greggian, but several Padres said he showed a liberal strike zone, which he evenly applied to both teams.

    “We knew it was going to be tough to score,” said Padres ace Jake Peavy, who noted that Petco is one of the dozen or so ballparks that doesn't house computerized surveillance designed to rein in the more interpretative umps.

    Josh Bard worked Hernandez for the first walk issued by the savvy right-hander, who had averaged 2.4 walks per game.

    Geoff Blum, the No. 8 hitter, followed with a go-ahead home run off a full-count pitch, and the Padres went on to a 3-1 victory that left them two games behind in the NL West.

    Blum praised Bard for showing him how to lay off Hernandez's tantalizing curveballs – clocked as slow as 61 miles per hour – that had been killing the Padres softly.

    “I was impressed with Bardo's at-bat,” Blum said. “Josh did a great job of laying off some pitches on a night when Livan may have gotten some pitches off the plate.”

    Still, Blum fell behind 1-2 when he took a lunging, premature swing at a fastball clocked at 86 miles per hour. Like Bard, he then resisted the slow curveball, which may have had less bite on it than some of Hernandez's earlier breaking pitches.

    Blum wanted something faster. Hernandez gave it to him, and Blum rifled the 87-mph pitch 382 feet for his third home run.

    “He threw a fastball, which kind of shocked me,” Blum said. “He just happened to leave a fastball over the plate and I got ahold of it.”

    Said Hernandez: “I didn't want to walk the guy. I threw him those two breaking balls. He just didn't swing. Those were my only mistakes – walking a guy with two outs and a fastball that stayed in the middle.”

    The Padres parlayed it into their fifth win in six games, secured when closer Trevor Hoffman overcame two singles, each with one out. Milton Bradley's home run off the railing of the Home Run porch in the eighth gave Hoffman an extra run.

    By finishing the game, Hoffman triggered a club option, guaranteeing a $7.5 million salary for 2008.

    Peavy, hurt only by Eric Byrnes' 19th home run off a one-out slider in the sixth, went seven innings and lowered his ERA to 1.35 for the last seven games. The first of his 11 strikeouts made Peavy the franchise's all-time strikeout leader, and another, off a 97-mph fastball, enabled a second-inning escape.

    But Peavy (15-5) preferred another subject: “I'm just going to talk about Blum,” he said.

    Hitting nearly .300 since the All-Star break, Blum is one of several Padres contributors from the No. 8 spot – a unit that has the NL's best combined on-base and slugging percentage and second-highest total (15) of homers. He also has shored up the second-base job, one season after ably replacing shortstop Khalil Green in the pennant race.

    “Geoff Blum was our unsung hero last year and he's doing it again for us,” Peavy said.


    Tom Krasovic: (619) 293-2207; tom.krasovic@uniontrib.com
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    Padres climb back into first

    / Associated Press
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    <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = FSTL /><FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85440">Greg Maddux</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> didn't walk a batter for the sixth straight start and the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">San Diego Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> inched past Arizona and back into the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="57">NL West</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> lead with a 3-1 win over the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71615">Diamondbacks</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> on Wednesday night.


    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85758">Brian Giles</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, who homered in the third, scored the go-ahead run on <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85343">Mike Cameron</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>'s double in the eighth for the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, who lead the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71615">Diamondbacks</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> by one percentage point. San Diego, trying to win its third straight division title, has won the first three of this four-game series. The teams will play a three-game series in Phoenix starting Monday.

    All-Star <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="220839">Chris Young</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> will start Thursday night's series finale for San Diego, against <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85384">Doug Davis</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>.

    The 41-year-old Maddux pitched seven strong innings, allowing one run and eight hits while striking out five. He got a no-decision after winning his previous three starts and four of five.
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    Maddux has gone 38 innings in his last six starts without walking a batter, and his overall streak is 42 innings. The last batter he walked was <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71604">Astros</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> starter <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85544">Roy Oswalt</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> in the second inning of a 3-1 loss at Houston on July 28. Maddux worked six innings that game.

    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="443861">Kevin Cameron</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> (2-0) pitched a perfect eighth to earn the win.
    Arizona starter <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="443807">Micah Owings</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> also went seven and didn't factor in the decision. He surrendered one run and only three hits, struck out six and walked one.

    Giles opened the eighth with a single to center off reliever <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="418797">Doug Slaten</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> (3-2), who made way for <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="104197">Brandon Lyon</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>. Cameron hit Lyon's first pitch off the base of the wall in left-center to bring in Giles, who had three hits. <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="139851">Adrian Gonzalez</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> hit a one-out RBI single and was thrown out trying to take second.

    With <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85819">Trevor Hoffman</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> having worked seven of the nine previous games, <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="222003">Heath Bell</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> pitched the ninth for his second save in six chances.

    Maddux deftly got out of a jam in the seventh, when the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71615">Diamondbacks</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> had runners on first and third following two-out singles by <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="471457">Justin Upton</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> and Owings. Manager Bud Black came out for a visit and let Maddux stay in the game. He struck out <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="220839">Chris Young</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, then was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the inning.

    Maddux allowed one run on three hits in the third but also saved a run with his defense.

    <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="461477">Mark Reynolds</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> and Upton opened with singles before Owings struck out and Young doubled to left-center to score Reynolds. Maddux, a 16-time Gold Glove winner, fielded <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="104172">Orlando Hudson</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>'s chopper and threw out Upton trying to score, with catcher <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="105641">Josh Bard</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> making a nice tag. <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85278">Eric Byrnes</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> flew out to end the inning.
    The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> tied it in the bottom of the inning when Giles hit a leadoff homer to right on a 1-2 fastball. It was Giles' eighth, and the 1,000th run of his career.

    It was Giles' first homer at Petco Park this season, raising his four-season total at home to 23, in 1,024 at-bats.

    Owings struck out five batters in the first two innings, including three straight to dodge a bases-loaded jam in the first. Giles singled to left, Cameron walked and <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85647">Milton Bradley</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> was hit by a pitch to load the bases before Owings fanned Gonzalez, <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="142805">Khalil Greene</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> and <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="418761">Kevin Kouzmanoff</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>.
    Notes

    Arizona's <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85867">Livan Hernandez</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> will start Friday at Phoenix against the Colorado <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71613">Rockies</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> on three days rest. ... <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> manager Bud Black said he still doesn't know who will start Friday night's series opener against the Los Angeles <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71605">Dodgers</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>. The <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71605">Dodgers</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' scheduled starter will be <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85028">David Wells</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, who was released by the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> earlier this month. ... Defending NASCAR Nextel Cup series champion Jimmie Johnson, who grew up just east of San Diego, hung out before the game with high school pal <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85465">Marcus Giles</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>, the <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="71611">Padres</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK>' injured second baseman. Johnson even stood in against ace <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="104896">Jake Peavy</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> during the right-hander's bullpen session, wearing shorts, flip-flops and no helmet. ... San Diego's <FSTL:CATEGORYLINK categoryId="85646">Geoff Blum</FSTL:CATEGORYLINK> broke two bats during a fourth-inning at-bat and shattered a third in the seventh.
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    I really liked the resolve the padres showed tonight. Milton was solid as always. I wish Mike Cameron would've bunted or at least had a better a bat. He could've laid one down and possibly beat it out. Either way tho, good comeback.

    Hopefully tomorrow we can stick it to Wells.
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    Swingin Friars

    August proves to be best month in years for Padres hitters
    By Tom Krasovic
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    September 1, 2007


    Like everyone else here in the land of the endless summer, Padres hitters found the past August to be exceptionally warm. To the toasty weather, Padres batsmen contributed a self-generated heat wave, which they rode into September with a 6-4 victory last night over the Dodgers at Petco Park.

    It was the club's hittingest month of not only this season but many in Padres history. Twelve more hits last night topped off the August batting average at .276, the club's best month for this season. The 39 homers struck by Padres hitters trailed only the 47 struck in May by the 1970 Padres, and the yield in doubles, slugging percentage, RBI and runs ranked among the top two monthly sums.


    “It's nice to see the lineup get the credit it deserves now,” said closer Trevor Hoffman, who gave up one run but secured his 36th save.

    How did the Popgun Padres switch into Swinging Friars?

    General Manager Kevin Towers cited the July acquisition of No. 3 hitter Milton Bradley and the subsequent hiring of hitting coach Wally Joyner, whose first shift in the dugout, on Aug. 2, coincided with an 11-0 rout of the Diamondbacks.

    “Wally certainly helped,” Towers said last night as the Padres, assisted by Colorado's comeback victory at Arizona, moved atop the National League West. “I think the players have embraced his philosophy. Milton's had a huge impact on us. Several guys are swinging good – (Brian) Giles, (Mike) Cameron, Khalil (Greene), (Josh) Bard. We've got everybody in our lineup kind of clicking. We have several guys swinging hot bats, vs. two or three.”

    Hoffman commended Bradley, saying that “having someone of his caliber has allowed the people around him to feed off his success.”

    Going into today's roster expansion, Towers is looking to acquire a pitcher via either a trade or a waiver claim. He is satisfied with an offense that took control of last night's game in the sixth and seventh innings.

    Bard broke a 3-3 tie with a two-out single off reliever Rudy Seañez, and against reliever Joe Beimel an inning later, Bradley, raising his batting average to .324, doubled to the right-field corner to score Cameron. Cleanup man Adrian Gonzalez, who had two RBI and scored twice, knocked home Cameron with a Tony Gwynn-like single to left field to make it 6-3.

    Making his first big league start, Padres rookie Jack Cassel got two more outs than David Wells. Cassel departed with two outs in the sixth and the score 3-3. Cassel, who threw first-pitch strikes to 21 of 26 hitters, allowed 10 hits but impressed Black by attacking hitters.

    “I'm sure he's a sportswriter's dream,” Black said. “He worked fast. You guys can beat your deadlines. He's worked as quickly as anybody I've seen all year.”

    Pitching as a visitor in Petco for the first time, Wells got off to an unlucky start. Defensive inadequacies by his Dodgers teammates opened the door to three runs for the Padres in the first. With two outs, Gonzalez hit a slow grounder and it went through for an RBI single because second baseman Jeff Kent's 39-year-old legs appeared to be moving in quicksand. Greene followed with a lazy fly ball; it went for an RBI double because center fielder Juan Pierre lost it in the twilight and ran some 30 feet in front of it. Kevin Kouzmanoff grounded an RBI single to make it 3-1.

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