SAN FRANCISCO -- Fitting that William Myers and Allen Cordoba provided the decisive offensive moments for the Padres in their 12-4 rout of the Giants on Saturday night.First, it was Myers -- the face of the franchise, who inked a six-year contract extension during the offseason -- with a 433-foot
SAN FRANCISCO -- Fitting that William Myers and Allen Cordoba provided the decisive offensive moments for the Padres in their 12-4 rout of the Giants on Saturday night.
First, it was Myers -- the face of the franchise, who inked a six-year contract extension during the offseason -- with a 433-foot sixth-inning moonshot that nearly cleared the left-field seats entirely.
An inning later, it was Cordoba -- the Padres' bright-eyed Rule 5 pick, who had never played above Rookie ball before this season -- erasing any doubt, with a three-run blast of his own.
From Myers to Cordoba, everybody got in on the fun.
"One at-bat impacts the next one," said Padres manager Andy Green. "That's what you saw tonight. ... It was one of the first games that really felt like a complete offensive performance."
Indeed, Saturday night's victory was the Padres' best offensive effort this season. Their 12 runs were the most they've scored at AT&T Park since it opened in 2000. And their 14 hits marked a season high.
Eight Padres scored. Eight Padres drove in runs. Six Padres had multi-hit games.
"Top to bottom, everybody had great at-bats," Myers said. "That's the mark of a good offense and a good team."
Naturally, the three-run homers grabbed the headlines Saturday night. But Green seemed just as impressed with a pair of walks during the Padres' eight-run sixth.
With the score tied at 3, Erick Aybar and Hector Sanchez drew consecutive free passes -- the second of which required eight pitches and forced in a run. Green was also quick to note Myers' ability to lay off an appetizing 0-1 slider just below the zone. With the count even, Myers demolished the next pitch.
"There was just a battle element to all those at-bats in the sixth inning that you haven't seen continuously," Green said. "[This year], you've seen a lot of early weak contact on a lot of pitches that we don't really want to hit that are pitchers' pitches.
"It felt like there was a lot of battle through those innings -- battles that turned into walks, turned into balls in play that scored runs. That battle mentality, that pack mentality, where everybody's doing it together, I felt like that happened today more than it has."
Now for the hard part. The Padres want to make sure their approach in the late innings Saturday carries over.
"If we can take what we did today and build off that, that's the key," Myers said. "We haven't really had [a complete offensive performance] all year. If we can continue to build off that, I think that's really the most important thing."
AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.