San Diego’s Trevor Hoffman has cemented his reputation as one of the best closers in baseball history.
Fresh off his 400th save, Hoffman hopes to get the chance to help the Padres extend their five-game winning streak when they resume a four-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.
Hoffman became just the third pitcher in major league history to earn 400 saves in the Padres’ 6-5 win over the Cardinals on Friday. Lee Smith (478) and John Franco (424) are the only other pitchers to reach the coveted plateau.
“I’ll tell you, I had goose bumps in the dugout,” manager Bruce Bochy said. “I reflected back on all the time he’s been out there for me. This guy is so special to me. What he’s accomplished is remarkable.”
Hoffman has converted seven of nine saves this season and 400 of 450 in his career.
“Individually, it’s an accomplishment I’m very proud of,” Hoffman said. “Taking a step back, it’s more important that we’re 2-0 on this particular road trip. They’ve played us very difficult since 1999 and most of my career.”
The Padres have won two in a row at St. Louis for the first time since July 16-17, 1997 after snapping an 11-game losing streak at Busch Stadium on Thursday. San Diego has lost 19 of its last 23 road games against St. Louis.
Mark Sweeney, who hit a major league-high five pinch-hit homers last year for Colorado, hit his first this season and second homer overall Friday, driving in three runs. Brian Giles added a two-run triple for San Diego.