Myers' cycle rewarding on several levels

Notes on Wil, homers, Schimpf, Cosart, Diaz

April 11th, 2017

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Some things bug me.

Anyone who knows me, recognizes the truth to that statement.

And when things bug me . . .

One thing that had bugged me until Monday night was that Matt Kemp had the only cycle in Padres history. Then, upon his departure for Atlanta, that cycle line in the Padres record book really turned my stomach.

So, thank you . Thank you for getting the second cycle in Padres history Monday night at Coors Field in Denver.

I've already rewritten my Padres' record book. I've written Myers' cycle in over the cycle of Kemp at the same Coors Field on Aug. 14, 2015.

By the way, Myers' cycle was the 15th at spacious and hitter-friendly Coors Field. It was also the eighth cycle by an opponent, and the second straight Coors Field cycle by a Padre.

After going 46 3/4 seasons without a cycle, the Padres now have two in a span of 216 games.

Monday night's 4-for-4 gives Myers a .382 batting average (13-for-34) for the first eight games of the season with four doubles, a triple and three home runs for seven RBIs and eight runs scored. His slugging percentage is .824, giving him an OPS of 1.206.

By the way, Myers' home run Sunday in the finale of the San Francisco series was his 22nd career homer at Petco Park. That is the 10th-highest total in Petco Park history.


• Rule 5 Draft pick picked up the first win of his career Monday night at Coors Field by working a perfect fifth inning in relief of . The right-handed Cosart worked four scoreless innings in the start he inherited when was placed on the 10-day disabled list with a back strain. Cosart, who allowed five hits and a walk, needed to go five innings by rule to get the win. In came the rookie right-handed Diaz, who has not allowed a base runner in 3 1/3 innings over four appearances in eight games.

• 3B is 0-for-5 in his last three games. But he has drawn seven walks -- starting with four Saturday night -- for a .583 on-base percentage over the past three games.

• 2B drove in his ninth run of the season with a sacrifice fly Monday night. Solarte is hitting .333 (10-for-30) with two doubles and two homers.

• The three-day attendance total of 126,375 for the San Francisco series was the largest ever for a season-opening series at Petco Park. There were also eight home runs in the Giants series -- the most ever for the first three games of a season at Petco Park.