His replacement produced unlike anyone else had in major league history.
After hitting homers from both sides of the plate in his first career start, Yasmani Grandal should be behind the plate again Sunday when the Padres try to win just their second road series of the season.
Despite throwing out a major league-best 19 runners trying to steal, Hundley wasn't providing much offense, batting .166 with three homers and 50 strikeouts in 193 at-bats.
"When things weren't going his way, things were building up and effecting his performance," manager Bud Black told the Padres' official website after Hundley was sent to Tucson on Friday. "So it's a classic case of taking one step back to take two forward."
Grandal took a huge step in his first major league start, hitting home runs from both sides of the plate for his first two career hits. No player in major league history had accomplished that feat."I can't describe how remarkable this is," said Grandal, acquired from Cincinnati in the offseason Mat Latos deal. "Just getting the call-up was surreal. To get called up and hit two home runs for my first two hits, it's just incredible."
San Diego (29-50), which swept Seattle from June 12-14 for its only other road series win of the season, will get its second look at Colorado starter Drew Pomeranz (0-2, 4.70 ERA), who returns to the majors following a stint at Triple-A Colorado Springs.
The left-hander, who was demoted May 11 to fix some mechanical issues with his delivery, went 4-4 with a 2.91 ERA in nine minor-league starts.
Pomeranz's last major league appearance came May 7, when he left with a bruised left quad in the fourth inning of a 3-2 loss at San Diego.
He'll be opposed by the Padres' Kip Wells (0-1, 3.60), who will face Colorado (30-47) for the first time in three seasons. Out of retirement and making his first major league appearance since Oct. 1, 2009, with Cincinnati, Wells yielded five runs - two earned - in five innings of Tuesday's 5-3 loss at Houston.
"A little erratic at times," Black told the Padres' official website of Wells, who walked three, threw a wild pitch and committed a crucial throwing error during the Astros' four-run fifth inning.
Wells, who went 1-2 with a 5.27 ERA in 15 games for Colorado in 2008 before being released, is 0-3 with a 6.68 ERA in six career starts against the Rockies. He has an 8.80 ERA in three starts at Coors Field as a visitor.
Colorado left fielder Carlos Gonzalez , who has hit safely in nine straight games overall, is batting .444 (36 for 81) with seven homers and 20 RBIs during a 19-game hitting streak in Denver.
This is the final home game before the All-Star break for the Rockies, who went 5-10 at Coors in June.
The Padres won eight of 15 on the road last month after going 3-12 outside San Diego in May.
|San Diego Padres|
|June 21, 2012||Anthony Bass||15-Day DL||Right shoulder inflammation|
|June 10, 2012||Cameron Maybin||Day-to-Day||Left game - Sprained neck|
|June 04, 2012||Will Venable||Day-to-Day||Strained right oblique|
|June 04, 2012||Eric Stults||15-Day DL||Strained left latissimus dorsi muscle|
|May 31, 2012||Andy Parrino||15-Day DL||Sore right hand|
|May 31, 2012||Andy Parrino||15-Day DL||Sore right hand|
|June 17, 2012||Carlos Gonzalez||Day-to-Day||Sore right hamstring|
|June 03, 2012||Juan Nicasio||15-Day DL||Strained left knee|
|June 02, 2012||Jordan Pacheco||Day-to-Day||Sore left quadricep|
|June 02, 2012||Juan Nicasio||Day-to-Day||Left game - strained left knee|
|May 31, 2012||Troy Tulowitzki||15-Day DL||Strained left groin muscle|
|May 24, 2012||Ramon Hernandez||15-Day DL||Strained muscle, left hand|
DENVER (AP) -- Kip Wells is showing he may have another chapter left in his baseball career.
Wells tossed seven strong innings for his first win in nearly three years, Chris Denorfia and Alexi Amarista had two hits apiece and the San Diego Padres beat the Colorado Rockies 2-0 on Sunday.
"He proved he can get it done," closer Huston Street said. "It's tough to throw a better outing."
Wells' last win came Sept. 20, 2009, when he beat the Marlins 8-1 as a member of the Cincinnati Reds . He pitched seven innings of five-hit ball that day, and he was just as effective Sunday against the Rockies.
Wells (1-1) allowed just six hits, walked two and struck out two in his longest outing since his last win.
It has been a nomadic baseball life for Wells since the end of the 2009 season. He was signed to minor league deals by three teams and released each time. He also played for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League.
"I wasn't sure I'd have a chance to pitch," Wells said. "Professional baseball over the last few years has been a challenge. Getting back is an accomplishment for me, but not winning is not going to hold much weight."
The Padres signed Wells to a minor league contract May 7, and he was 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA in seven starts for Tucson. He was called up Tuesday and that night made his first big league start since Oct. 1, 2009, tossing five innings in a 5-3 loss to Houston.
"He came with the same stuff as five days ago," manager Bud Black said. "Today the results were better."
Colorado never put pressure on the former Rockies pitcher.
"He didn't overpower us," Michael Cuddyer said. "He didn't make mistakes over the plate, and if you don't make mistakes over the plate, you've got a chance."
The Padres gave Wells a 1-0 lead in the third inning. Denorfia led off with a single, stole second and scored on a throwing error by third baseman Jordan Pacheco .
The Padres added another run in the seventh. Amarista reached on a one-out single, advanced to second on a sacrifice and moved to third on a wild pitch. He scored on Denorfia's single to right to make it 2-0.
The bullpen and defense helped keep it that way.
"The defense played great behind me, I got balls hit to people when I needed to," Wells said. "When I gave up extra-base hits there were usually two outs so I could work around it."
Street, named to the NL All-Star team Sunday, pitched a perfect ninth to pick up his 12th save in as many chances. The former Rockies closer said he was happy to get the news while in Colorado.
"Finding out here, at Coors Field, meant a lot to me," he said. "I got a lot of friends on the Rockies, so I got to shake some hands and get some hugs."
The Rockies, who finished 9-18 in June, started July on a sour note. They were shut out for the fifth time this season and third time at home, wasting a strong performance from starter Drew Pomeranz .
Pomeranz (0-3) turned in an impressive outing after being recalled from Triple-A before the game. The lefty was sent to Colorado Springs on May 11 to work out kinks in his delivery, and for one start it seemed to pay off.
"I was more excited to get out there and actually pitch like myself," he said. "I wasn't out there cutting the ball. It is a lot different."
Pomeranz allowed an unearned run on two hits, walked three and struck out one in six innings. He worked out of a jam in the second inning and retired 11 of the last 12 batters he faced.
He didn't allow a hit after Denorfia's leadoff single in the third.
"Our starting pitcher put on a clinic today on pitching effectively inside," Rockies manager Jim Tracy said. "I don't know how many at-bats he broke. I would say at least a half dozen."
NOTES: Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez was out of the lineup the same day he was named to his first All-Star team as a reserve. ... The Rockies optioned RHP Guillermo Moscoso to Colorado Springs to make room for Pomeranz. ... The Padres RHP Clayton Richard (5-8) will start the series opener at Arizona on Monday. ... Colorado will send LHP Josh Outman (0-3) against the Cardinals when the Rockies open a series in St. Louis on Monday.