Boomer to the rescue

A veteran of the postseason. What better man to even up the series? David Wells takes the hill in game two for the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park.

Boomer to the rescue.

And he wants all of San Diego's help.

David Wells, who went to the same San Diego high school as Don Larsen, will get the starting assignment for the Padres on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park as San Diego tries to even its National League Division Series against St. Louis 1-1.

The Cardinals routed Padres ace Jake Peavy 5-1 in Tuesday afternoon's opener of the best-of-five series.

The Padres have elected to go with native son Wells in the second game and save road warrior Chris Young -- who has not personally suffered a loss in his last 25 road starts -- for Saturday's third game in St. Louis.

That's fine with Wells.

"I couldn't be happier," said the 43-year-old left-hander said Tuesday when asked about starting the second game of the NLDS before the hometown fans.

"This is like a dream come true. I've been going to Padres games since an early age. I've supported them all my life. Even though I was in the American League, San Diego's been my favorite team.

"It's nice to represent your hometown and be part of, you know, something big. Hopefully we get the fan support out of everybody here and they really back us up. A crowd can get on the other team. It can help the home team out.

"The crowd, without being disrespectful and hitting below the belt, can help."

Wells pitched for the Padres in 2004, but they didn't make the playoffs. San Diego reacquired Wells on Aug. 31, sending minor league catcher George Kottaras to Boston to bring Wells.

On Saturday, Wells picked up the win at Arizona that clinched a playoff berth for the Padres.


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