SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Whatever Bruce Bochy said during a clubhouse
rant following an embarrassing loss on Wednesday sure has spurred
the San Diego Padres.
Sean Burroughs hit a rare home run and Brian Lawrence rebounded
nicely from the shortest start of his career to lead the Padres to
a 2-0 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Saturday night.Trevor Hoffman bounced back from a blown save, needing just
eight pitches during a perfect ninth to earn his 397th career save.
Hoffman is three shy of becoming the third pitcher with 400 saves.
It was his fourth save in six chances this year.Bochy ripped into the Padres for about 10 minutes following a
10-3 loss at San Francisco on Wednesday that capped a 1-5 trip.
Bochy later told reporters that his team's play was "just
horrible."The Padres have beaten the Diamondbacks twice since then,
helping to knock Arizona out of the NL West lead."Any time your skipper is disturbed about things, it's a wakeup
call," Hoffman said. "He was right on with everything he said. He
manages with passion even though he kind of comes across as very
low-key in the dugout."When you get a tongue-lashing from someone as respected as
much as he is, it wakes you up."Said Bochy: "You're going to go through ruts. What's important
is how you handle it, and I think the club has bounced back and
played two good, solid ballgames here."The Padres, swept in three games at Arizona last weekend, have
won 10 straight against the Diamondbacks at Petco Park, which
opened last season.There were just six hits Saturday night, four by the Padres.San Diego snapped an eight-game losing streak to Shawn Estes
(2-2), who lost despite holding the Padres to one run and two hits
in seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.Lawrence (2-3) held the Diamondbacks to just two hits in eight
innings. He lasted just 2 1/3 innings last Sunday, giving up six
runs and seven hits in an 8-6 loss.Lawrence said he was able to throw all his pitches on both sides
of the plate, which he failed to do last Sunday."He pitched really well," Arizona manager Bob Melvin said.
"You can say we were flat or whatever you want, but he pitched
extremely well. He was in our heads. Every time we looked fastball,
he threw a breaking ball. Every time we looked in, he threw away
and vice versa."Lawrence struck out seven and walked two.Estes' only mistake was allowing a homer to Burroughs on an 0-1
curveball with one out in the fifth. It was Burroughs' first this
season, his first at Petco Park and just the 11th in his big league
career, which began in 2002.Burroughs' drive just cleared the right-field wall. He had gone
230 at-bats since his last home run, July 23 at Los Angeles off
Jose Lima."I've hit balls worse, I've hit balls better," Burroughs said.
"I was lucky it did clear it. Here, you never know. Any other
park, you can relax a little bit."Said Estes: "I gave it to him. It was a bad pitch. The right
pitch, but in the wrong spot."Mark Loretta hit an RBI single to left with two outs in the
eighth off reliever Lance Cormier. Adam Hyzdu scored from second
before Dave Roberts was thrown out at third to end the inning.
Lawrence lowered his ERA in three home starts to 1.57. On
the road in two starts, it's 23.40. ... Phil Nevin went 0-for-3 to
end his career-high 13-game hitting streak. ... The Padres had some
fun at SS Jesse Garcia's expense by wearing name tags during
batting practice. Garcia referred to CF Dave Roberts as "Brian
Roberts" during a postgame interview Friday night. ... SS Geoff
Blum hopes to be back in the lineup Sunday. He left Friday night's
game with a bruised chest after colliding with LF Ryan Klesko. ...
The Padres' home ERA of 1.71 is the best in baseball.