Young mowed down the D-backs with a perfect 4 1/3 innings before nemesis Tony Clark hooked a home run just inside the right-field foul pole on an inside slider to break up the perfect game.Young just smiled as Clark rounded the bases, knowing he had made a good pitch. Young had faced 315 batters in 80 2/3 innings since allowing his last long ball, which ironically came back on April 26 against Clark, who has hit three of the four homers Young has allowed this year. "It's one of those things," Young said. "It's sort of a weird thing, but he's a good hitter first of all, so you've got to give him credit. He hit a tough pitch. I thought the last time he got me he hit tough pitches, but he's a professional hitter. He's had a great career. He's a veteran hitter, knows how to hit, how to play the game. I knew he was going to be in there before the game just because of his track record." Young was not surprised the ball left the yard, but he was not sure if Clark would keep it fair. The pitcher said all you can do is tip your cap when a hitter hits a pitch like that.
Stephen Drew followed the Clark homer with a single, but Young did not allow any baserunners besides those back-to-back hits in the fifth, striking out eight in throwing 96 pitches (62 strikes) in his six innings. Young lowered his Major League-best ERA to 1.97 with a fastball he felt had good life and slider that came along as the game progressed."I thought he pitched great, absolutely outstanding," Black said. "It's sort of indicative of how he's pitched all year." The Padres scored all of their runs off the long ball against Arizona starter Livan Hernandez. Brian Giles hit a two-run home run in the fifth, his first shot in 150 at-bats. Khalil Greene broke his own single-season franchise record for home runs by a shortstop with a solo homer in the fourth. Kevin Kouzmanoff continued his torrid hitting of late with a solo shot in the third. The early scoring did not pan out, with the Padres dropping the first two games after the break to the D-backs. San Diego fell one game behind the Dodgers in the National West, with Arizona on the Padres' heels, only 2 1/2 games back, but Young is not worried. "There's a lot of baseball left to be played, and I still think we haven't played our best baseball yet," he said. "We're in good shape where we are. We'll continue to get better and hopefully get hot at the right time."
Michael Schwartz is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.