Padres 4, Diamondbacks 1
SAN DIEGO (AP)—Carlton Loewer has made it all the way back from a frightening hunting accident.
“It feels good to be back, and I just want to stay back,” Loewer said. “I want to stay here. I can’t describe the feeling because it feels great.”
Making his fourth start of the season, Loewer (1-1) allowed one run and five hits, struck out two and walked one. It was his first win since May 4, 1999, with Philadelphia, when he threw a five-hitter against the Padres for his first career shutout.
Loewer fell out of a deer blind in Louisiana on Jan. 2, 2000, breaking his lower left leg and severely dislocating his ankle. He was hurt two months after being obtained from Philadelphia with Adam Eaton and Steve Montgomery for Andy Ashby.
While recovering, Loewer developed shoulder problems that required season-ending surgery in July 2000. He made two appearances with the Padres in 2001, then sat out last season. The Padres gave him another chance, signing him to a minor league deal in December.
“It’s been long. I wouldn’t change it for anything,” Loewer said. “It was a lot of hard work, and a lot of blood, sweat and tears.”
San Diego manager Bruce Bochy said Loewer’s comeback has been inspirational.
“It goes back to never give up, never quit,” Bochy said. “He didn’t. The odds were against him coming back, but he’s put in a lot of work.
“He has a sense of determination and also a feeling that he wanted to give us something back. He felt like he didn’t give us much after the trade. But he couldn’t control what happened with the injury.”
The Padres, who have the NL’s worst record, earned a split of the four-game series. It was just their seventh win in 35 games.
Matt Herges pitched the ninth for his third save in five chances.
The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the fourth on infield outs. Sean Burroughs hit a leadoff triple to the right-center gap and scored on Xavier Nady’s grounder. Gary Bennett singled, went to third on Lou Merloni’s double and scored on Loewer’s groundout.
Arizona scored its only run in the fifth when Chad Moeller hit a one-out double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on Tony Womack’s two-out single. Steve Finley walked, but Loewer got Danny Bautista to fly out to end the inning.
“I thought he pitched well,” Arizona’s Shea Hillenbrand said. “We got some good swings on him and hit the ball hard, but right at somebody. But that’s part of the game.”
Arizona’s John Patterson (0-3), who’s been up twice this season from Triple-A, allowed four runs and eight hits in five innings. He walked four and struck out three.
“I had problems keeping my breaking ball over early in the count,” Patterson said. “I need to do that in order to be effective later in thecount.”
Hillenbrand singled in the ninth for his first hit with Arizona after going 0-for-6 since being traded last Thursday by Boston. … Arizona’s Luis Gonzalez was 2-for-4. In the four games he went 9-for-19 with two homers, eight RBIs and three runs scored. … The Padres agreed to terms with Clemson 1B Michael Johnson, the club’s second-round pick in the 2002 draft. … Diamondbacks ace Curt Schilling was fined about $15,000 by major league baseball for destroying a camera used to evaluate umpires on May 24 during a home loss to San Diego. Schilling plans to appeal. … Arizona manager Bob Brenly said Schilling (4-3, 3.04 ERA) won’t start Wednesday as scheduled, but is tentatively slated to go Friday against Cleveland. Schilling was hit twice on the right hand by comebackers in Friday night’s win against San Diego and his hand is still swollen. … The Padres signed reliever Rod Beck to help shore up their dreadful bullpen. Beck went 1-1 with a 0.59 ERA in 21appearances for the Chicago Cubs’ Triple-A Iowa affiliate.