Whether he has many more at-bats as a Diamondback is a good
question. And he's not the only one in an Arizona uniform with an
Alomar's big hit powered the Diamondbacks to a 7-5 victory over
the San Diego Padres on Thursday night, a game that might have been
Bob Brenly's farewell as manager in front of a franchise-low crowd
Diamondbacks chairman Jerry Colangelo held a series of meetings
this week with the struggling franchise's front office personnel
and ownership. Among the subjects were Brenly's status and the
future of veteran players who could be traded or, in Alomar's case,
Colangelo said he expected decisions to be made by the end of
Brenly said before the game he was aware of the meetings but
hadn't been told the outcome. Both he and Alomar said all they
could do was keep working hard.
"It's something that is not in my control," Alomar said. "All
I can do is go out there and play the game of baseball. That's all
I can really do, and whatever happens happens."
The slam -- Alomar's first home run of the season -- came off
Ismael Valdez and erased San Diego's 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.
The Diamondbacks, who snapped a club-record 11-game losing
streak Wednesday night, split the four-game series with the Padres
and won two in a row for the first time since June 10 -- 18 games
The grand slam was the seventh of Alomar's 17-year major league
career but his first since Aug. 27, 2000, when he played for
Cleveland against Anaheim.
"Four runs on one swing is not something we haven't had a lot
of this year," Brenly said. "That's nice when that happens."
Alomar, on the disabled list for 56 games with a broken hand
before he was activated June 21, was 5-for-11 in the Padres'
"Whew, man, he's some kind of hot I'll tell you," Brenly said.
"He's obviously seeing the ball real, real well right now."
Casey Fossum (2-6) got the victory, giving up three runs on a
season-low four hits in six innings. He struck out three, walked
two and hit a batter.
Mike Koplove came in with the bases loaded and one out in the
ninth, and got Terrence Long to pop out before allowing an RBI
single to Sean Burroughs and throwing a wild pitch that allowed the
Padres to make it 7-5.
Koplove then struck out Mark Loretta looking to end it for his
"You've got to hand it to Koplove there," the Padres' Phil
Nevin said. "He just made a heck of a pitch. After throwing two to
the backstop, he found the right time to throw a perfect pitch.
It's not often you see Mark freeze like that."
Valdez (6-5) lost his second straight start. He allowed six runs
on six hits in four-plus innings, striking out three and walking
"We just got a little too far down there," Padres manager
Bruce Bochy said. "Izzy (Valdez) had an off night. That grand slam
kind of took a little wind out of our sails. But we did battle back
there and had a shot. That's all you can ask."
Nevin's home run, his 12th of the season, just over the
outstretched arm of Gonzalez in left put San Diego up 1-0 in the
The tying run scored when Juan Brito grounded into a double
Arizona took a 2-1 lead on Bautista's two-out homer in the third
-- his 10th home run this season.
With two outs in the fourth, Ryan Klesko singled, then Ojeda hit
his fourth homer -- to left field on a 1-2 pitch -- to put the Padres
Arizona loaded the bases with no outs again in the fourth. Tracy
singled, then Olson and Brito walked. Fossum struck out, but Alomar
slammed Valdez's 1-0 pitch into the left-field seats to put Arizona
The Diamondbacks added a run in the seventh when Shea
Hillenbrand doubled off Jay Payton's glove in center field.
Gonzalez, who walked, scored from first -- barely eluding the
catcher Ojeda's tag.
Alomar hit Arizona's second grand slam of the season. Steve
Finley hit one on May 11 against the Mets. ... San Diego RHP Jake
Peavy comes off the DL on Friday to start at home against Kansas
City. Bochy said RHP Brandon Puffer probably will be sent to the
minors to make room for Peavy. ... Arizona's previous smallest
crowd was 23,097 on April 25, 2001, against Florida.