Trevor Hoffman could breathe a little sigh of relief Tuesday night.
Or did you not see how American League relievers J.J. Putz of Seattle and Francisco Rodriguez of Anaheim suffered ninth-inning meltdowns in the All-Star Game?
Hoffman had the same difficulties last year, allowing two ninth-inning runs and becoming the losing pitcher.
Putz and Rodriguez both had their problems last night … and they’re lucky not to have blown the game.
The Padres did suffer another All-Star setback in San Francisco.
Chris Young became the losing pitcher after allowing an inside-the-park home run to Ichiro Suzuki.
This means San Diego has been the home of the All-Star Game’s losing pitcher for two straight years.
Since this is only an “exhibition” game (don’t tell Commissioner Bud Selig), Young and the Padres can certainly shake it off before returning to play Friday night in Arizona.