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.
- June 5, 2002 – The Giants score at least one run from the third through seventh innings and blow the Padres out of Qualcomm by a 12-2 count. Dennis Tankersley overachieved by hitting 3 batters (opposite number Ryan Jensen, plus Rich Aurilia and Yorvit Torrealba) in only 3 1/3 innings. Rodney Myers chipped in and plunked Reggie Sanders as well. Interestingly, the Giants didn’t hit anybody in retaliation.
- Sept 26, 2000 – St Louis scored two each in the second and third, tacked on 3 in the eighth, and beat San Diego 7-1, also at Qualcomm. Starter Adam Eaton hit JD Drew; Dave Maurer hit Will Clark and Ray Lankford; and Heathcliff Slocumb nailed Mark McGwire. The Cardinals didn’t retaliate during the game, an amazing show of restraint by Tony LaRussa. He didn’t order anyone hit in the next game either.
- May 14, 1997 – San Diego scored three in the first, and led 7-5 in the eighth before surrendering 4 runs and losing in Montreal 9-7. Again the Padres starter (Tim Worrell) hit his opposite number (Jeff Juden). Tim Scott got Mark Grudzielanek and Mike Lansing. Joey Long faced two hitters, hitting FP Santangelo, then giving up a double to Chris Widger. Both runners scored.
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.