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DODGER SCOUTING REPORT / SAN DIEGO

Unlikely Power Boosts Padres

June 15, 1998|From Associated Press

SAN DIEGO — How well are things going for the San Diego Padres?

Consider that their seventh consecutive victory came about because of a home run from a player who had gone 500 at-bats without connecting.

Perhaps no one was no surprised than the batter himself, Quilvio Veras, who hit a solo shot in the sixth inning to help lift the Padres past the San Francisco Giants, 3-2, Sunday.

Veras, who earlier had an RBI single, broke a 1-1 tie when he tagged Danny Darwin for his first homer since last July 4.

"I see the ball and swing the bat. And this happens," Veras said. "I don't worry about [homers]. If I'm not on base for one game or two games, I worry about that. That's my job, to get on and score. Hitting home runs is not part of my job."

The victory also gave the Padres a sweep of the three-game series that started with the two teams tied for the lead in the NL West.

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