Well, the 2013 season got underway with a resounding thud. There’s really no other way to put it. By the time Jedd Gyorko got his first Major League hit the Padres trailed 7-1. Brad Brach surrendered a grand slam to close out the scoring. RJs Fro put it succinctly:
— RJ’s Fro (@RJsFro) April 1, 2013
Our starter, Edinson Volquez, didn’t get an out in the fourth. He also walked his opposite number on four pitches, one of three walks he allowed, and gave up two doubles to go along with 4 singles and 4 strikeouts. Woe, Doctor! shared this interesting factoid:
Edinson Volquez’s 24 GSc is the 4th-worst tally for an Opening Day start in Padres history.
— Woe, Doctor! (@woedoctor) April 1, 2013
There were 3 other games worse than yesterday’s? Research project!
The three worst Padres Opening Game starts, in descending order:
#3 – Andy Benes, at Pittsburgh, 4.6.93, GS 22 – This was Benes’ fifth season with the Padres and his first Opening Day start. Needless to say it did not go well. Pittsburgh scored a run in the first (interestingly, their second hitter laid down a sac bunt, albeit after a leadoff double), and another one in the third, but it was the fifth that did Andy in. A double and two walks loaded the bases with one out, and Kevin Young unloaded them with another double. Roger Mason came on in relief and gave up an RBI single to Tim Wakefield to close the book on Benes. His final line: 4.1 IP, 8H, 6 R (all earned), 3 BB, 2K. Padres lost 9-4.
#2 – Woody Williams, at Colorado, 4.4.05, GS 17 – The only one of the bottom quartet where the starter did not also take the loss. Woody returned to San Diego after 4 years in St Louis for his second Opening Day start with the club. The Rockies were not impressed. The first five hitters reached against Williams, highlighted by a 3-run shot from Preston Wilson. Padres got 3 back in the top of the third, on back-to-back HR from Brian Giles and Phil Nevin, but Colorado responded with two in the bottom of the inning. Williams got the leadoff hitter out in the fourth, then allowed consecutive singles and was pulled before facing Todd Helton. Williams’ final line: 3.1 IP, 9 H, 6 R (earned), 1 BB, 0K.
San Diego roared back, scoring 5 in the sixth to take Woody off the hook and a brief 8-7 lead, and then got two in the seventh to take an 10-8 lead. Trevor came on to close out the ninth, but unfortunately allowed two doubles, a single, an a 2-R HR to Clint Barmes for a 12-10 loss.
#1 – Andy Ashby, vs Colorado, 4.4.99 GS 13 – This game was played in Monterrey Mexico, the second (and last) time San Diego played an regular season series south of the border. Colorado scored in the first on a RBI single from Dante Bichette, but the Padres answered when Tony Gwynn’s single scored Reggie Sanders. Then the wheels came off. Ashby allowed single/walk/walk/single/single/single/single in the second inning before Boch brought in Brain Boehringer to end his misery. Down 6-1 at that point, the Padres never seriously threatened after that, losing 8-2. Ashby’s forgettable final line: 1+ IP, 8 H, 6 R (earned), 2 BB, 2K.
Who was the loser in that 10-2 game to start the 1995 season? Andy Benes again, this time at the Murph. It was his last Opening Day start for San Diego.