Guess who congratulated Heath Bell in the clubhouse tonight after the 6-5 victory?
Trevor Hoffman, who'd just seen Bell match his Padres record of 41 consecutive saves. After the save king slapped his hand, Bell had praise for his former mentor. "Trevor is No. 1," Bell said. "He'll always be No. 1. I'm happy with being No. 2 here in San Diego."
A week ago, Hoffman encouraged slump-ridden pitcher Mat Latos, who tonight hit a home run and left the game with the Padres ahead. Game honors went to catcher Rob Johnson, who had a tie-breaking home run in the eighth inning and a throwout at third base in the ninth.
"My stuff was dirty," Bell said, "but if it wasn't for Rob, there's no chance I would have had a save tonight."