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500 Saves for Trevor Hoffman!!!

Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by rexy2006, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. rexy2006

    rexy2006 Well-Known Member

    Dec 17, 2005
    Padres' Hoffman secures place in history with 500th save

    Summary: Trevor Hoffman became the first big leaguer to record 500 saves when he preserved San Diego's 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.

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    Unsung hero: Hoffman should thank Geoff Blum for helping clinch that 500th save. Without Blum's four RBIs, the San Diego closer wouldn't have had the chance Wednesday to hit that magic number.
    Figure this: San Diego starter Greg Maddux won for the 338th time in his career Wednesday. -- ESPN.com news services

    Padres 5, Dodgers 2

    SAN DIEGO (AP) -- There was no doubt for whom the heavy metal bells were tolling -- Trevor Hoffman and his 500 career saves.
    Hoffman became the first big leaguer to reach that plateau when he saved the San Diego Padres' 5-2 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
    The 39-year-old Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth for his 18th save in 20 chances this season. He jogged in from the bullpen accompanied by AC/DC's ominous "Hells Bells" as usual, and a standing ovation from the crowd of 31,541 at Petco Park.
    Hoffman set the career record with his 479th save on Sept. 28 against Pittsburgh, breaking Lee Smith's old mark of 478. Hoffman finished the 2006 season with 482.
    The right-hander was an unknown rookie with two saves when the Padres obtained him in a controversial five-player deal on June 24, 1993. It was one of the big trades of the Padres' "fire sale" that summer as they shed as many big salaries as they could. Gary Sheffield, who won the NL batting title the season before, was one of the two players who went to the Marlins in the trade.
    Hoffman has converted 14 straight saves since blowing save chances in consecutive appearances April 26-27. The second of those blown saves came on Trevor Hoffman Night against the Dodgers.
    Geoff Blum drove in four runs to back Greg Maddux's sharp pitching, and the win kept the Padres in first place in the NL West. San Diego has won four straight and nine of 11.
    Jeff Kent had three hits for the Dodgers, including a solo homer off Maddux.
    Maddux (5-3) has won five straight home starts following his loss to Colorado in the home opener on April 6. He held Los Angeles to two runs and five hits in 6 1/3 innings, walked one and had no strikeouts. It was his 338th career win.
    Maddux has won four straight starts against the Dodgers to improve to 15-7 lifetime against them. He was obtained by the Dodgers in a trade with the Chicago Cubs on July 31, then signed as a free agent with San Diego on Dec. 13.
    The Padres chased Randy Wolf (7-4) after five innings, handing him his first loss since April 30. Wolf had won four straight decisions over five starts. He allowed five runs and eight hits, struck out six and walked three.
    Blum started his second straight game in place of shortstop Khalil Greene, who has a sore right elbow.
    Batting in the eighth spot, Blum was the catalyst as the Padres jumped on Wolf for a 5-0 lead after three innings. He hit a two-run double into the left-field corner in the second inning, then added a two-run single to center in the three-run third.
    Padres newcomer Hiram Bocachica was aboard with a double ahead of each of Blum's hits. Bocachica drove in a run in the third.
    The Dodgers had three hits off Maddux in the fifth but scored only one run. Kent and Luis Gonzalez opened with singles before Russell Martin brought in Kent with a sacrifice fly. Tony Abreu hit a two-out line drive into the left-field corner and was thrown out trying to go to third before Gonzalez crossed the plate.
    Kent pulled the Dodgers to 5-2 when he homered to center field on a 1-2 pitch from Maddux with one out in the seventh. It was Kent's ninth homer of the year.
    Game notes
    Dodgers closer Takashi Saito wasn't available again due to a strained hamstring. ... Dodgers OF Marlon Anderson, on the DL with a sore right elbow, is scheduled to fly to Las Vegas on Thursday to begin a rehabilitation assignment. ... Padres LHP David Wells bruised his left thumb when he was jammed in batting practice. He said he'll be OK to make his scheduled start Saturday night against the Seattle Mariners.
  2. BFISA

    BFISA Well-Known Member

    Nov 16, 2005
    Should be a lock for HOF!! :yes: :tup:
  3. SDRaiderH8er

    SDRaiderH8er Well-Known Member

    Apr 27, 2006
    If 3,000 hits will put you in, 500 Saves whould also.
  4. in_a_days

    in_a_days dgaf

    Sep 8, 2006
    Hurray Trevor! :tup:
  5. wrbanwal

    wrbanwal Well-Known Member

    Dec 27, 2005
    :icon_toast: :icon_toast:

    go pads

  6. HollywoodLeo

    HollywoodLeo Well-Known Member

    Mar 13, 2006
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  7. tboltzcali

    tboltzcali Well-Known Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    finally got to watch the padres the last couple of nights. Glad to see them beat the dodgers.

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