All The Hit Batsmen

The Padres played the longest 9-inning game in their history last night. It’s a little surreal to get in the car after 10pm, turn the game on, and discover it’s only the seventh inning. I was fully expecting to hear the Coach and Randy Jones at that point. Four hours and 4 minutes wasn’t the only thing interesting about this game. There were those six hit batters, three by each team.

That’s a little unique. It marked only the 22nd time Padres pitchers hit at least 3 hitters in the same game. The franchise record is four, as it turns out, which they’ve done three times.

Of the nineteen games they’ve hit 3 opposing players, the most recent (before last night) was a 10-9 loss to Arizona last August Until then it had been six years since they hit 3 batters in a game. The Padres are 2-20 when they hit three or more in a game; in a statistical oddity, both wins came against Milwaukee.

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  • ballybunion

    I noticed the games were getting longer, but not THAT long. I’m old enough to remember when Randy Jones won the Cy Young and routinely finished games at or under two hours. I had to look it up – there were 32 Padres games in ’76 that were done in under two hours. The shortest was a Randy Jones-Steve Carleton contest that took 1:31 to complete. Last year, the Padres had NO games in under two hours. What happened?

    • Wow. That’s a question that, to answer properly, probably deserves its own post. I have some theories though:

      – TV broadcasting every game lengthened the time between half-innings.
      – Hitters step out after every pitch now. They never used to do that. Watch Game 6 of the 1975 World Series to see what I mean.
      – Baseball’s always been about hitters not making outs, but the emphasis on working counts has led to less emphasis on putting the ball in play and more emphasis on getting to/past first any way possible. This means deeper counts, so longer at-bats.

      – The strike zone shifting from a vertical to horizontal one has played a part, although its effect may be minimal.

      Thanks for the comment. I’m sure there are other drivers I haven’t thought of.

  • Cardinal70

    How in the world did TLR not make sure SOMEBODY got hit? Did he think those guys were just that bad?