Wells, Padres Shutout Braves

David Wells is in his comfort zone when he faces the Atlanta Braves. The lefthander has now faced them three times and has come away with three wins as the Padres beat former Friar Jaret Wright 2-0. On Tuesday, Wells pitched seven innings of scoreless ball and got an infield hit that didn't even draw a throw!

David Wells was efficiently effective on the night. Wells threw just 85 pitches, 65 strikes, en route to his second victory of the season. No runner reached second base until the fifth inning and the only scare he faced was in the sixth.

In the sixth, Rafael Furcal placed a bunt down for a base hit. A throwing error on Phil Nevin pushed him to second with nobody out. After a sac bunt put Furcal at third with one out, Wells struck out the next two batters to preserve a 1-0 lead.

The Padres got on the board in the top of the fifth when Sean Burroughs doubled to left moved to third on a Mark Loretta single and scored when Brian Giles singled.

The Friars added an insurance run in the ninth when Khalil Greene and Kerry Robinson hit successive singles and Ramon Vasquez walked to load the bases. Mark Loretta followed with a sac fly to score Greene.

Trevor Hoffman pitched the ninth for his eighth save of the season and Akinori Otsuka came on in relief of Wells in the seventh to preserve the lead and drop his ERA to 0.60.

In the seventh, Wells dropped down a bunt when he saw the third baseman playing behind the bag. It was a perfect bunt that did not draw a throw to first as Wells legged out the infield hit.


With RBI's on Tuesday, Loretta and Giles stayed tied for the team lead in the category with 17.

Major League Baseball President and Chief Operating Officer Bob DuPuy has denied the New York Mets formal protest of the game with the San Diego Padres on Saturday, May 1, 2004.

Major League Baseball has teamed with Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios for an unprecedented marketing partnership to support Spider-Man 2.

The focus of the marketing partnership will be a weekend of Spider-Man 2 events for all 15 MLB Clubs hosting home games June 11-13.

During Spider-Man 2 Weekend, which has been scheduled during a segment of the 2004 Major League Baseball Interleague Play schedule, ballparks will feature in-park and on-field Spider-Man signage and each Club will feature special Spider-Man promotional events, including giveaways with the world-renowned web crawler. In addition, highlights from Spider-Man 2 will run on stadium video boards to promote the motion picture's June 30 release. Major League Baseball Properties and the 15 participating Clubs will promote Spider-Man® 2 Weekend locally in each market and nationally.

"This is the perfect alliance between two quintessential national pastimes -- baseball and movie going," said Columbia President Geoffrey Ammer. "This partnership celebrates superheroes, whether they are on the field or on the big screen and we are extremely excited about the opportunity to create this unique promotion with Major League Baseball."

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