The Padres hope to build on one of their most productive games of the season offensively on Saturday afternoon when they continue a three-game road series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Hoffman was called on to protect a one-run lead in the bottom of the ninth in Friday’s series opener, but gave up a one-out, RBI double to Scott Hatteberg for his first blown save since April 27. He had converted 25 consecutive save opportunities.
After a scoreless 10th, the Padres erupted for five runs in the 11th to win 12-7. Khalil Greene started the rally with a sacrifice fly, Josh Bard tripled in two runs and Kevin Kouzmanoff added a two-run homer.
“It’s nice to win any game, but a game like this is a really good win,” Padres manager Bud Black said. “You can gain momentum. This was truly a team win.”
The Padres fell one homer shy of their season high, set June 17 in a 11-3 win at Wrigley Field, and notched their third four-homer game of the year. The 12 runs matched the second-highest total of the season for the Padres, who totaled one run in their previous two games.
“Lately, we haven’t had a lot of offense, but it seems like where it has come in, it’s come in bunches,” Greene said.
San Diego’s offense could get a boost this weekend with the return of Milton Bradley, who is batting .360 (27-for-75) with five homers and 15 RBIs in 22 games with the Padres.
A right hamstring strain has limited Bradley to one pinch-hit appearance since Aug. 3.
“He went through some early work (Friday),” Black said. “He stressed the hamstring, and said it feels pretty good.”
San Diego, though, will lose catcher Michael Barrett to the disabled list due to concussion-like symptoms stemming from a head-first slide into second base Friday.
Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 590th career home run for the Reds (49-66), who have lost seven of nine against the Padres this season.
Justin Germano (6-6, 4.30 ERA) hopes to end a personal three-game losing streak for San Diego. The right-hander is 0-3 with a 6.86 ERA in four starts since beating Arizona on July 15. He allowed two runs and two hits in 5 2-3 innings Sunday against San Francisco, but left after he was hit on the right thumb by a comebacker.
Germano has pitched much better on the road, going 4-2 with a 3.19 ERA in eight starts.
This will be his first start against the Reds, with whom he appeared in two games last season.
Cincinnati’s Bobby Livingston (2-2, 4.46) tries to record his first win in nearly a month. Although the left-hander pitched well in his most recent outing, he did not receive a decision and is 0-2 with a 5.48 ERA in his last four starts.
He gave up two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings, did not issue a walk and struck out four in the Reds’ 9-8 win Saturday at Pittsburgh.
“Livingston gave us a great outing,” Reds manager Pete Mackanin said. “He did a great job, everything we would want him to do.”
Livingston has never faced the Padres.