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.

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…