Padres Morning Dump

Reporting from Phoenix — San Diego Padres reliever Heath Bell made his mark on Tuesday’s All-Star game — well, it was more of a divot — when he was summoned to pitch with two out in the eighth inning.

The former Forest High School pitcher is now 8-2 on the season after tossing five innings of one-run ball in an 8-1 victory over the Great Lakes Loons on Monday night. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.27 on the year and pushed his strikeout total to 87 over 74.1 innings pitched. He leads the team in wins, strikeouts, WHIP (1.05) and ranks second in ERA.

To the uninitiated, this week’s Triple-A baseball showdown at Parkview Field between the Tucson Padres and the Las Vegas 51s doesn’t add up.

The San Diego Padres will commemorate the passing of one of their own on Thursday. Former manager Dick Williams passed away at 82 last week at his home in Las Vegas.

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