Trevor Hoffman is on the verge of joining an elite group of relievers.
Hoffman pitched a scoreless ninth inning to nail down Tuesday’s 2-1 victory, picking up his 399th career save and sixth in eight chances this year. He can become the third reliever in history to reach 400, joining Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424) on the exclusive list.
Peavy, who went 15-6 with a 2.27 ERA last season, has been just as sharp thus far this year, though he has just two wins to show for it. Peavy has allowed just seven runs in 35 2-3 innings, giving him a 1.77 ERA.
In his last two outings—both against Arizona—Peavy allowed four runs and 10 hits in 15 innings, but couldn’t pick up a win in either game.
On Friday, he yielded three runs and six hits over eight innings of San Diego’s 5-4, 15-inning victory over the Diamondbacks.
“He believes he’s as good as anybody,” Padres third base coach Davy Lopes said of the 23-year-old right-hander. “And I’m starting to believe he is, too. This kid’s special. He’s advanced way beyond his chronological years.”
On Tuesday, Damian Jackson delivered an RBI double with two out in the eighth inning to put the Padres ahead to stay.
With two shortstops on the disabled list, the Padres purchased Jackson’s contract from Triple-A Portland earlier Tuesday. He started and went 2-for-4.
The win was the fourth in five games for the Padres.
The Rockies have lost six straight and seven of 10.