Padres ride relievers Meredith and Hoffman

The Padres have the two hottest relievers in the major leagues right now, Cla Meredith, 23, and Trevor Hoffman, 38.

Everyone knows Hoffman. The closer, who had a rough stretch in the middle of the season when he blew three saves in a span of six opportunities with the Padres after blowing the save for the National League in the All-Star Game, has now pulled within five saves of becoming the all-time leader in the category.

Plus, Hoffman, who picked up his 37th save of the season Tuesday night against Colorado, has not given up a run in his past 13 appearances, covering 12 1/3 innings. During the run, Hoffman has allowed only seven hits and one walk.

But that is small potatoes when compared to Meredith, who is on the threshold of Padres history.

Meredith pitched two scoreless innings Tuesday night to run his string to 27 1/3 scoreless innings. That is one-third of an inning shy of the Padres record for consecutive scoreless innings by a reliever (set by Mark Davis in 1988) and 2 2/3 innings shy of the all-time franchise record of 30 straight scoreless innings thrown by Randy Jones in 1980.

During his run, the side-arming Meredith has held hitters to a .117 average (11-for-94) and has allowed a total of 13 baserunners while striking out 20.

"Cla is loaded with confidence," Padres manager Bruce Bochy said Tuesday night. "I'm trying not to overuse him. He has good stuff and good command, and he's always ready."

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