The last night game of Padres baseball at Qualcomm as the lights have officially been turned off…
Forget the Game, Give Me the Memories
Jake Peavy kept his winning record by going six innings and allowing three runs on four hits and two walks. He also struck out eight and left the game with a two-run lead, assured of a winning season, the only one by a Padres starter.
It took Jay Witasick (3-7) just two-thirds of an inning to end Peavy's bid for a win as Witasick allowed three runs on three hits, two of which were home runs.
The game featured six homers, four by Colorado. The Rockies homered three times in the seventh. Charles Johnson and Greg Norton proceeded a three run shot by Jay Payton that gave Colorado an 8-5 lead.
Javier Lopez (4-1) pitched a perfect sixth for the win.
Xavier Nady hit a two-run homer in the seventh to pull the Padres to 8-7, but Chris Stynes had a two-run single in the eighth to give the Rockies a 10-7 lead. San Diego's Mark Loretta hit a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
Trevor Hoffman was hoping he would be the final pitcher to throw a pitch on the mound of the Q. It was not meant to be.
The Padres had a final chance in the ninth, when Phil Nevin and Mark Kotsay opened with singles off Brian Fuentes. Rockies reliever Justin Speier threw the last pitch to close the book on an era of baseball after replacing Fuentes and striking out the side. Speier got his ninth save in 12 chances.
"Padres fans, this place is looking really good," San Diego Mayor Dick Murphy told the crowd of 60,988 fans as they watched live on the video board. "We'll see you next spring at PETCO Park."
The memories continued:
After the plate was dug up and sent downtown, Dave Winfield headed out to left, Steve Garvey over to first, Randy Jones to the mound and Ken Caminiti went over to third before the signature "Hells Bells" brought in Trevor Hoffman for one last time.
Tony Gwynn, the last player introduced, then strode to the mound, hugged Hoffman and threw the last pitch to Bruce Bochy.
"I'm ready to move on," said John Moores, the majority owner of the team since 1995.
So are we, so are we.
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