SAN DIEGO -- For the first time this season on Wednesday, Padres closer Huston Street was summoned from the bullpen for a save situation. Street got the full experience -- his entrance music, Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" with fans standing on their feet cheering and then three successive outs in the Padres' 2-1 victory over the D-backs. Pressure? Street said he didn't feel it. In fact, he considers non-save situations to actually be filled with more drama than pitching in a save situation. Street's first two appearances with his new team came in tied games.
"When you pitch in a save situation, you've got the lead and know that you could give up a run and not lose," Street said. "But I think the tie games are tougher because you have to put up a zero." But, of course, Street understands that closers are judged by one important criteria -- getting those last three outs without incurring any damage. "Closers are judged by saves and their efficiency and it was important to get No. 1 [save]," Street said.