Bellhorn to the outfield?
Mark Bellhorn

Posted May 4, 2006


Padres manager Bruce Bochy hinted Wednesday afternoon that Mark Bellhorn could soon be taking some flyballs in the outfield.

Seriously.

"We need to keep that bat in the lineup," Bochy said.

That was before Bellhorn hit a three-run homer Wednesday night to break a 1-1 tie against the Dodgers and give the Padres a temporary 4-1 lead. The Dodgers tied the game before the Padres retook the lead against the Los Angeles bullpen.

Bellhorn was making his fifth straight start Wednesday night.

The run started as a third baseman subbing for Vinny Castilla. Then he moved to first, then to second, then back to third. And Wednesday night, Bellhorn again started at first for the slumping Adrian Gonzalez.

Since becoming a starter somewhere, Bellhorn has hit safely in all five games. He has gone 7-for-21 with two doubles, a triple and Wednesday night's homer for eight RBIs. In seven total starts this season, Bellhorn has gone 10-for-30 with four doubles, a triple, two homers and 10 RBIs.

REPLAY: The Padres ran their modest winning streak to four consecutive games Wednesday night, scoring 10 runs in the final 2 1/3 innings to beat the Dodgers 11-5 in Los Angeles.

Back-to-back homers by rookie second baseman Josh Barfield and pinch hitter Geoff Blum were the decisive blows.



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