Bullpen shines in Padres’ win over Car­di­nals

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ST. LOUIS — The Padres bullpen has stepped up to fill a hole in San Diego’s ro­ta­tion.

Eric Hos­mer home­red, San Diego’s bullpen took a per­fect game into the sixth inning and the Padres beat the St. Louis Car­di­nals 4-2 on Tues­day night for their 10th win in 14 games.

This was the third bullpen game for San Diego this sea­son, all since left-han­der Joey Luc­ch­esi went down with a right hip strain.

“Th­ese guys are all built to kind of grind through a lineup one time or cruise through a lineup or at­tack a lineup one time through,” Padres man­ager Andy Green said. “They’re all built for nine bat­ters pretty eas­ily or 10 bat­ters so it just makes sense to give them those types of pieces

SD: 32-37 over­all STL: 36-29 over­all

of a lineup for a first time through and keep hit­ters un­com­fort­able. I like it.”

Padres re­liever Matt Strahm started the bullpen game and re­tired nine bat­ters on 36 pitches, in­clud­ing four strike­outs. Adam Cim­ber (3-2) re­tired the next six with two strike­outs be­fore Har­ri­son Bader broke up the per­fect game with an in­field sin­gle in the sixth. Bader was promptly erased in a dou­ble play.

“In that sit­u­a­tion, I know on a bullpen day, me com­ing in the fourth inning I’m prob­a­bly looked at to get at least a few (in­nings),” Cim­ber said. “You still take it one hit­ter at a time.”

Strahm, a lefty, and Cim­ber, a sub­ma­rine righty, make a stark con­trast for op­pos­ing hit­ters.

“It’s the op­po­site end of the spec­trum,” Strahm said. “He’s down on the right and I’m up on the left. It’s a good combo to come in.”

The Padres’ nine-man bullpen makes the starterby-com­mit­tee ap­proach ef­fec­tive. Green said he plans to go with it again Sun­day.

“We’ve got seven arms avail­able,” Green said. “I’m go­ing to guess that’s more arms avail­able than al­most ev­ery team in ma­jor league base­ball, so it’s not putting

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SAN DIEGO PADRES RE­LIEF PITCHER Brad Hand throws dur­ing the ninth inning of Tues­day’s game against the St. Louis Car­di­nals in St. Louis.

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