ATLANTA — If reliever Greg Booker is still playing for the San Diego Padres on Sept. 23, 1988, and if the Padres are playing Atlanta that day, maybe he'll gain his third major-league victory.
On Sept. 23, 1984, Booker won his first game in the major leagues, a 2-1 victory over the Braves.
Tuesday, two years later to the date, he got his second win as the Padres defeated the Braves 5-2.
His second victory was an easy won for Booker, who pitched only one inning. In that inning, the sixth, he allowed one hit and struck out one.
In the seventh, Terry Kennedy pinch hit for Booker, getting a two-run single to cap a three-run inning.
If content with one win every two years, Kennedy is not content with one at-bat per game.
"I've always been a good hitter, so there's no reason why I can't be a good pinch hitter," Kennedy said. "But I don't want to be a pinch hitter. I like to get more than one chance a game. I certainly don't want to be labelled a pinch hitter."
The Padres trailed by a run when John Kruk led off the seventh with a single against Jim Acker, 3-6. Kruk went to second one out later when Tim Pyznarski was hit by a pitch, and scored the tying run on a double by Randy Asadoor.