Speculation circulated around Petco Park on Tuesday the eve of the trade deadline.
Chase Headley was out of the starting lineup. Carlos Quentin was replaced in left field after the fifth inning.
All the while more than a few judges of talent professional and amateur surveyed a pitching matchup that doubled as a convenient referendum. Edinson Volquez and Cincinnati starter Mat Latos threw from the same mound for the second time since they were traded for each other in late 2011.
A little more than a year ago Volquez and the Padres prevailed in a 2-1 victory at Petco Park though Latos arguably out-pitched his counterpart as the former Padre logged seven shutout innings.
Tuesday's rematch began as another pitching duel before fading into a draw ultimately overshadowed by Nick Hundley's tie-breaking two-run double in the bottom of the eighth. That proved the game-winner in a 4-2 triumph as the Padres ran their winning streak to four games.
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