Though the lowly Padres managed to overcome a fine effort on the part of the Mets’ Pedro Martinez last night, thanks in large part to a 7th inning error by David Wright, the Union-Tribune’s Brent Schroetenboer provides insight into a marital split that’s “fueled speculation among fans and even players about the last-place team’s leadership and direction.”

After his wife, Becky, filed for divorce in January, Padres owner John Moores (above) agreed to give her exclusive use of the managing partner’s Petco Park box in April, May, June and July, according to a filing in Superior Court.

The idea was to œminimize confrontation between the two. It was a plan that seemed to work as it related to the team “ at least until recently.

The two since have fought over access to the managing partner’s box “ a point that seems especially symbolic as the two sort out who ultimately will control the Padres, the couple’s largest community asset.

œIt would be detrimental to the continued success of the Padres and sound business reasons, if the respondent (John Moores) is prevented from conducting business in the Managing Partner’s Box at Petco Park, John Moores’ attorney, Robert Nachshin, wrote in a filing with the court.

Effective July 28, John Moores œunilaterally excluded (Becky Moores) from utilizing the owner’s box, according to a filing by Becky Moores’ attorney, Sandra Morris. As a result, Becky Moores sought relief from the court July 30 for allocation of the box. Judge Lisa Foster denied that request because it was œnot an emergency. A hearing on the matter was set for October.