08/24/07 11:59 PM ET
Maddux makes history; Padres rip Phils
Gonzalez, Bradley each go deep twice in series opener Friday
By Andy Jasner / Special to MLB.com
"I didn't know that," Maddux said. "That's cool. I'm just glad I'm still pitching."
The Padres' third straight win gave them a three-game lead over the Phillies in the National League Wild Card race.
In the fourth inning, Philadelphia's Carlos Ruiz tried to break up a potential double play by sliding hard into second baseman Marcus Giles. Ruiz took Giles out, and the two players had words, with both benches clearing. Second-base umpire Bill Welke ruled it a double play with interference on Ruiz.
Giles later left the game with a right hip pointer and was listed as day-to-day. After the game, Giles pointed to the sore red spot on his hip.
"It wasn't a slide," said a perturbed Giles. "That's the only thing about it. It was just not a slide. The replay shows it. The only reason he went to the ground was after he made contact with me. It's not a very good play. I'm all for playing the game hard. I think I play as hard as anybody. But you play hard, and you play clean."
Giles clearly didn't believe it was a clean play.
"I look down on people when they don't come in hard on me," Giles said. "I like people playing the right way, but there's a difference between hard and cheap. That was cheap."
Maddux was quick to agree with Giles' assessment.
"There's playing hard and there's playing dirty," Maddux said. "That was a [dirty] slide, plain and simple. That's all it was. It was a bad slide. Did it make [us] play harder? Hopefully, it does for the next month and a half."
That play, however, seemed to ignite the Padres in their next at-bat in the fifth inning.
Trailing 3-2, the Padres then erupted for six runs. Milton Bradley hit a three-run home run to left field and Adrian Gonzalez followed with a mammoth shot to center, his second homer of the game, giving him 23 this season.
Bradley later added another three-run shot in the ninth and finished with six RBIs. Bradley now has six career multihomer games, with the last one occurring May 13, 2005, when he played for the Dodgers.
"I thought I flew out to left," Bradley said of his homer in the fifth. "The bat broke. This park is a joke."
It was the second multihomer game of the season for Gonzalez and the fourth of his career.
Kevin Kouzmanoff had a career-high four hits, while Josh Bard went 5-for-6.
The Padres ripped a season-high 22 hits, the most for the team since a 24-hit effort Aug. 12, 2003, against the Braves.
"I got good pitches to hit and I just took good swings," Kouzmanoff said. "I was seeing the ball well at the plate."
So was the entire team, which has accumulated 62 hits in the past four games. But the biggest hit could arguably be the one taken by Giles.
Did it push the Padres to elevate their level of play?
"Our guys are motivated to win games," manager Bud Black said. "Our guys are motivated to play every day. I don't think we need anything extra, but with that said, it might have had a little something to do with it."
Andy Jasner is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.