Whether your a fan of the Padres or just a fan of baseball, you could likely sit down today and it would take you a long time to think about the last time Trevor Hoffman was removed from a game. The most automatic closer in the history of the game took the mound last night after the Padres had scrapped back for a 3rd time to take the lead going into the 9th inning. Trevor quickly retired the first two batters he faced, and then ..... everything went bad after Adrian Gonzalez was unable to snare a sharply hit ball to end the game, and when all was said and done, the hometown hero had taken one squarely in the chops. Sadly the fallout that inevitibly follows something like this is harsh criticizm, but as in the past, Trevor was there to answer every question and take the blame like a true Hero does.
On a good note however, Brian Giles has started to get it going with the bat, and now the top of the order is also starting to produce. Giles, a pretty big question mark post surgery, was 3-4 with 3 RBI yesterday. Also both Adrian Gonzalez and Scott Hairston went deep to help ralley the Padres back to lead going into the 9th inning. Hairston has shown really good power early on, while playing a very solid CF defensivly, and this bodes very well for the Padres if he's able to maintain this kind of effort.
Look for Jim Edmonds to return on Saturday, and this Padres offense which leads the NL in BA, and is second in OBP, to only get better.