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.

The Edinson Volquez era finally ended on Tuesday, when the Padres released the erratic right-hander three days after designating him for assignment. A lot went wrong during his nearly two seasons in San Diego after coming over from the Reds as part of the package for Mat Latos. Pitching coach Darren Balsley noted that Volquez overthrew in games, which “led to mechanical breakdowns,” which led to disastrous results.

He had his moments, such as the near no-hitter in 2012 and, well, that’s about it. Bryant investigated Volquez’s “quest for control” back in March and called the pitcher an “infuriating combination of top-level talent with lackluster results.” As Padres Trail more recently put it, “So long and thanks for all the walks.”

Volquez tied for the MLB lead in walks in his first season with the Padres. This year he cut his walk rate from 5.2 to 4.4 and compensated by increasing his hit rate from 7.9 to 10.6. Oh, he found the plate all right. He led MLB in runs allowed at the time of his release, which is no small achievement given his home venue. Read More…

In no particular order, here is a stupid list:

  1. Edinson Volquez wears uniform number 37.
  2. He wore numbers 40, 38, and 31 with the Rangers, and number 36 with the Reds.
  3. His hero is Pedro Martinez, who wore number 37 with the Expos in 1994 and 1995.
  4. Volquez was once traded, with Danny Herrera, for Josh Hamilton.
  5. According to Baseball-Reference, his most similar pitcher is Roger Pavlik.
  6. Volquez led the National League with 105 walks in 2012.
  7. He led the NL with 14 HBP in 2008.
  8. The first batter Volquez hit in the big leagues was the fifth man he faced, Aaron Rowand.
  9. The next batter, Jermaine Dye, hit the first homer Volquez allowed. Read More…