Josh Bard, dealt to San Diego as part of the Mirabelli trade, has been coupled with Chan Ho Park for the right-hander's last two starts -- and Park hasn't given up a run over 15 innings. For that matter, none of the Padres pitchers have given up a run in the 20 innings Bard has caught in his two starts with San Diego.
But Park and Bard seem to have something special going -- a fact not lost on Padres manager Bruce Bochy.
"They worked so well together the first time that I made up my mind that I wanted to get (Bard) in the lineup again," said Bochy after the Padres defeated Milwaukee 3-0 Wednesday night.
As for Bard and Park, they've formed something of a mutual admiration society.
Said Park: "I was kind of surprised he's taken the time to study me as much as he has. He's the kind of catcher who makes you pitch aggressively. I feel very comfortable with him."
Said Bard: "I've just been telling Chan Ho to believe in himself and believe in his stuff ... pound the mitt. And he has quality stuff. Just look at his career. He's been a pleasure to work with. I'm just trying to make him realize he's got great stuff. Sometimes it's easy to forget he has No. 1 starter's stuff."
REPLAY: The Chan Ho Park-Josh Bard battery beat the Brewers with their bats as well as Park's pitching Wednesday night in San Diego's 3-0 win.
The switch-hitting Bard's opposite-field, two-run double down the line in right off Chris Capuano broke up a scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth. Park kept the inning alive with a single, allowing Eric Young to drive home Bard with the game's final run.