Hoffman Stellar in Padres 6-3 Win

Trevor Hoffman pitched a scoreless seventh, that's right, seventh inning, as the San Diego Padres beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 in the first home game for Brian Giles at Qualcomm.

The crowd cheered when Hoffman started warming up in the bullpen in the bottom of the sixth, and gave him a standing ovation when he jogged in for the top of the seventh. "Smoke on the Water" played as he made his way to the mound. He needed just eight pitches, six of the strikes, to mow down the D-backs.

Phil Nevin hit a two run homer and Mark Loretta had a solo shot in the eighth first called foul by third-base umpire Jim Reynolds. Plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled it a homer. Loretta went 3-3 on the day.

Brian Giles drove in a run on a force out in his home debut since being traded from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Shea Hillenbrand homered off Ben Howard (1-0), and Felix Jose hit a two run shot off Luther Hackman in the ninth to make it 6-3, the final score. Kevin Walker had to come on and retire the last batter in relief of Hackman.

Howard earned his first major league win allowing one run and six hits in six innings, striking out three and walking one. Howard also got his first MLB hit in the third and later scored.

Notes:

Ryan Klesko underwent a contrast MRI on his ailing right shoulder Tuesday. Depending on what the results of the MRI indicate, Klesko could undergo surgery to repair the damage. If surgery is necessary, the procedure could be scheduled immediately thereby ending Klesko's season.

Look for newcomers, Xavier Nady, Khalil Greene, Mike Bynum and Humberto Quintero on the field tomorrow. Nady was the only player to arrive to the park on time and with a day game tomorrow the regulars figure to get a rest.

Minors:

Catcher Luke Carlin, who played in 17 games earlier this season with the Wizards, and outfielder Brian Wahlbrink were both promoted from the Eugene Emeralds of the Northwest League for the first round series, a best of three games.

Carlin hit .250 in 28 games with seven doubles and seven runs batted in for Eugene. With the Wizards, Carlin hit .240, drove in four runs and scored a pair of runs.

Wahlbrink led the Emeralds this season with a .300 average, 81 hits and 17 doubles. In 69 games, he scored 45 runs, stole 19 bases and drove in 34.

Eugene beat Vancouver Tuesday night 4-1 while Casper beat Idaho Falls by a score of 3-2.

Denis Savage can be reached at safage@cox.net

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