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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Spring Training has sprung, so it’s just a matter of time before we find out about injuries that seem odd, weird, or flat out stupid.

We’ve already had Andrew Cashner get stabbed in the hand by his friend while cleaning a deer carcass in December. And that got me thinking about other Padres’ players who have managed to injure themselves in strange, asinine or even ironic ways.

Believe it…or not!

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