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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