But Padres manager Bruce Bochy was essentially out of options. After Kent and Drew homered off Jon Adkins to cut a 9-5 San Diego lead to 9-7 in the ninth, Hoffman came on to try to notch career save No. 476 and pull within two of Lee Smith's all-time record. The bid lasted two pitches -- as long as it took Martin and Anderson to reach the seats and tie the game.
When the Padres regained the lead 10-9 on a Josh Bard single, it seemed logical that Hoffman would work the 10th -- particularly since he had thrown only 10 pitches the previous inning. But Bochy told writers in his office after the game that Hoffman has a tender shoulder, and the Padres didn't want to push it.
If Hoffman does, indeed, have arm problems, it could be a significant concern for the Padres in the final two weeks. But he downplayed concerns about his shoulder, in part because he didn't want it to be used as an excuse for his performance against the Dodgers.
"It's nothing different than anyone else is dealing with in September," Hoffman said. "I'll be ready to go out there tomorrow, and hopefully go out and do a better job than I did tonight. Whether it's tenderness or soreness, I don't think it should really be discussed in regards to how things went tonight."
The Padres begin a six-game home stand against Arizona and Pittsburgh starting Tuesday. Next week they will conclude the season with a seven-game trip to St. Louis and Arizona. The bad news: The Padres are 20-50 lifetime in Phoenix, and they'll most likely have to face Brandon Webb twice in a 10-day span as he tries to make a late Cy Young Award push.
As for the Dodgers, they'll play Pittsburgh and Arizona at home, then finish the season with a six-game trip to Colorado and San Francisco. They're 22-10 against the Rockies and Giants this season.
No one knows if the two teams will experience a carryover from Monday's bizarre finish. Several Dodgers players said they'd never seen anything like it, and Drew had to harken back to the 1997 Northern League season to come up with anything close. During his holdout as a Philadelphia Phillies' draft pick, Drew was part of a strange comeback by the St. Paul Saints.
"The funny thing is, Bill Murray was one of our owners, and he was coaching the bases," Drew said. "We were down 12-3 or something like that, and Bill was yelling at everybody in the stands, 'This is going to be the greatest comeback of all time.'
"We started coming back in the seventh inning, and the next thing you know Bill sends a runner home that he never should be sending, and the guy scores and we win the game."
Of course, St. Paul is not Los Angeles, and the Northern League is not the NL West. The Dodgers shouted themselves hoarse while celebrating their win over the Padres. But they'll be talking about this one for an awfully long time in L.A.
Jerry Crasnick covers baseball for ESPN Insider.