"You never know what is going to happen," Valdez said. "I
didn't know. I went out there the same as every other game."
Valdez threw a four-hitter for his sixth career shutout and
drove in a run with a bases-loaded walk, leading the San Diego
Padres to a 4-0 victory Saturday night.
"He just had everything working -- great command," Padres
manager Bruce Bochy said. "He kept the ball down. He was sharp
with all of his pitches."
Valdez (5-2) retired 12 in a row during one stretch, and 16 of
the final 17 batters he faced for his 13th career complete game. He
threw only 97 pitches, 70 of which were strikes.
"We caught him on a hot night," Milwaukee's Geoff Jenkins
said. "A veteran guy like him knows how to pitch. He kept us off
balance and hit his spots. It does not matter how fast you throw
when you pitch like he did."
After a streak of five straight starts in May without a victory,
Valdez has two consecutive wins against the Brewers. He also beat
Milwaukee 5-2 on May 30.
"He kind of carved us up," Brewer manager Ned Yost said.
"That was about as good of a pitching performance as you want to
Wes Obermueller (3-2) allowed four runs on seven hits and walked
three in five innings for Milwaukee, which has been shut out three
The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the third on Loretta's sacrifice
fly that scored Khalil Greene.
After loading the bases with two singles and a walk with two
outs in the fourth, Obermueller walked Valdez after throwing a
fastball low on a full count to make it 2-0.
"How about that? Only in America!" Valdez said of his
Said Obermueller: "I beat myself. First, I walk Greene and he
scores. Then, I walk Valdez. That's inexcusable. Those walks hurt.'
In the fifth, Loretta and Brian Giles led off with back-to-back
singles. Loretta slid into third barely ahead of the throw by left
fielder Jenkins, and Giles took second on the throw.
After Nevin struck out, Payton hit a grounder through the middle
on a drawn-in infield. Brewers shortstop Craig Counsell and second
baseman Junior Spivey almost collided reaching for the ball as it
went into center for a two-run single.
The Padres were the last team in the National League to
have a complete game. ... Burroughs extended his hitting streak to
a career-high 15 games with an infield single in the third. ...
Payton has hit safely in 12 of his last 13 games (20-for-50 during
the stretch) ... Brewers third baseman Bill Hall went 0-for-3, and
is in an 0-for-14 skid.