Padres Stat of the Day: April 2021

May 1st, 2021 is keeping track of a Stat of the Day for the Padres this season, highlighting a unique, interesting or fun nugget from each game.

April 30: Padres 3, Giants 2 -- Reliable Yu
Yu Darvish struggled a bit on Opening Day, but since then, he's been a reliable force at the top of the Padres' rotation. Darvish has recorded five straight outings of at least six innings while allowing one or fewer runs. He's only the fourth pitcher in Padres history to do so, joining Andy Benes (1991), Ed Whitson ('90) and Dave Dravecky ('85). Among that group, only Benes extended that run to six.

April 28: Padres 12, D-backs 3 -- Hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit, hit
The Padres sorely needed an inning like the one they got in the fifth inning. San Diego opened the frame with six consecutive singles, followed by Manny Machado's bases-clearing triple. A 2-0 Padres deficit quickly became a 6-2 lead. It marked the first time the Padres had strung seven hits together in the same inning since almost exactly 10 years ago. On April 29, 2010, Chase Headley, Scott Hairston, Kyle Blanks, Oscar Salazar, Yorvit Torrealba, Wade LeBlanc and Jerry Hairston all singled consecutively in the fifth inning against the Brewers.

April 27: D-backs 5, Padres 1 -- Extra-base streak for Tatis
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s double down the right-field line gave him extra-base hits in four consecutive games. (The franchise record for an extra-base hitting streak is eight games, set by Nate Colbert in 1969, so Tatis is halfway there.) After homering five times at Dodger Stadium over the weekend, Tatis has recorded six extra-base hits in a four-game span for the first time in his career. The last Padre to do so was Manny Machado last August.

April 25: Padres 8, Dodgers 7 -- Tatis makes history in LA
A fair few sluggers have made their way through Dodger Stadium over the years. Only one visitor has ever homered five times in a three-game span there -- Fernando Tatis Jr. Tatis went deep twice on Friday and twice on Saturday, then capped his weekend with a solo blast off Dustin May in the fourth inning on Sunday.

April 24: Dodgers 5, Padres 4 -- Tatis beating the best
As if it weren't enough that Fernando Tatis Jr. became the first visitor to record multihomer games on consecutive nights at Dodger Stadium since Barry Bonds in 2002 -- he did it against Clayton Kershaw and Trevor Bauer. According to STATS, Tatis is the first player in baseball history to record multiple home runs on consecutive nights against two former Cy Young Award winners. In fact, only six players have done so within the same season -- most recently teammate Manny Machado, who homered twice against CC Sabathia and Corey Kluber while playing for the Orioles in 2018.

April 23: Padres 6, Dodgers 1 -- Keeping it in the family
Twenty-two years to the day his father famously launched two grand slams in the same inning at Dodger Stadium, Fernando Tatis Jr. also went deep twice in Los Angeles. In Dodger Stadium's 50-year history, no other player has hit multiple home runs in a game played on April 23. Just Junior and Senior.

April 22: Padres 3, Dodgers 2 -- Weathers delivers in LA
Dodger Stadium certainly isn't the friendliest environment for a 21-year-old rookie. But Ryan Weathers has proved up to every challenge. Weathers pitched 5 2/3 scoreless innings, allowing only a Walker Buehler single. He became the youngest starter to work at least five innings while allowing one hit or fewer and no runs as a visitor at Dodger Stadium. Only one younger Dodgers starter has ever done so: Clayton Kershaw.

April 21: Brewers 4, Padres 2 -- LOB city
What do you get when you combine a top-10 team OBP with a bottom-five batting average and slugging percentage with men on base? Lots and lots of stranded runners. The Padres left 11 more men on base in Wednesday's loss to the Brewers, including three in the bottom of the eighth inning after they'd loaded the bases with nobody out. They've stranded 161 runners this season, the most in the Majors.

April 20: Brewers 6, Padres 0 -- Singles only
The Padres struggled to do much against Corbin Burnes and the Brewers’ bullpen. They struck out 14 times and didn't walk or get an extra-base hit. That is the first time since 2017 that the Padres have struck out 13 times or more without a walk or extra-base hit. That was in a 1-0 loss the Dodgers on Sept. 1, 2017.

April 19: Brewers 3, Padres 1 -- More than one way to K
Joe Musgrove set a career high with 13 strikeouts. He did so without striking out a single batter using his fastball. That marks the seventh time since the pitch-tracking era began in 2008 that a pitcher has had 13 or more strikeouts in a game and didn't use a four-seam or two-seam fastball or a sinkerball to finish any of the strikeouts.

April 18: Padres 5, Dodgers 2 -- Machado bests Bauer
When the Padres signed Manny Machado in February 2019, Trevor Bauer made a point to tell Machado -- to his face -- how happy he was that he decided to leave the American League. Funny how that worked out. Bauer and Machado will now square off regularly, and, as per the usual, Machado got the best of Bauer in the series finale, pounding out a pair of singles (which actually lowered his career OPS against Bauer). Machado's .632 average and 2.064 OPS are the second-best marks for any hitter against any opposing pitcher with at least 20 plate appearances. (Jorge Soler's .667 average against Reynaldo López is tops, as is Gary Sánchez's 2.067 OPS against David Price.)

April 17: Dodgers 2, Padres 0 -- Darvish deals
Considering the state of their bullpen, the Padres needed a big-time performance from Yu Darvish, and he delivered. Darvish limited the Dodgers to one hit across seven innings, the seventh outing of his career in which he's allowed one hit while pitching at least seven frames. Since Darvish's arrival in 2012, the Padres, as a team, had combined for only eight such outings entering play.

April 16: Dodgers 11, Padres 6 (12 innings) -- Weathers' first start
Before the night's wackiest events unfolded, 21-year-old left-hander Ryan Weathers was excellent in his first career start. He became the youngest Padres pitcher to author a scoreless start since Oliver Pérez did so, also against the Dodgers, on Sept. 29, 2002.

April 15: Padres 8, Pirates 3 -- Machado swinging with power
With his first-inning home run on Thursday, Manny Machado has 25 hard-hit balls (exit velocity of 95 mph or greater) so far in 2021, tied with Paul Goldschmidt for second and two behind Ronald Acuña Jr.'s MLB-leading 27.

April 14: Pirates 5, Padres 1 -- Missed opportunities with RISP
The Padres went 1-for-7 with runners in scoring position, with Tommy Pham's RBI single in the sixth inning being the only hit. That performance came after a 1-for-13 showing in those situations in Tuesday's loss, when San Diego left 15 runners on base. The Padres' average with runners in scoring position this season is now .218 (24-for-110). Of those 24 hits, only six have been for extra bases.

April 13: Pirates 8, Padres 4 -- Walk on
San Diego set a franchise record for a nine-inning game with 13 walks in its loss to Pittsburgh on Tuesday night. The Padres recorded a walk in each of the first eight innings -- a feat accomplished only three times since 2010. The Pirates drew a walk in each of their first eight innings against the Cubs on Opening Day this season. The 2017 Rays and '12 Royals also walked in the first eight innings of a game. Had the Padres drawn one more free pass in the ninth, they would've been the first team to draw a walk in every inning since the Cardinals did so against the Giants on April 8, 1984. They went down 1-2-3 instead.

April 12: Padres 6, Pirates 2 -- Can't fool Cronenworth
pounded out two more hits on Monday, as he continued his red-hot start to the season. Through 11 games, the Padres' utility man is batting .357, while showcasing some elite bat-to-ball skills. And we're talking elite. Cronenworth has swung at 77 pitches this season. He's missed only two of them. That 2.6% whiff rate is the best mark in the National League among players with at least 25 swings this season and trails only the White Sox's Nick Madrigal (2%) for the best mark in the Majors.

April 11: Padres 2, Rangers 0 -- Bullpen carries the load
The Padres' bullpen has opened the season on a tear. Through 10 games, San Diego relievers have combined to post a 0.84 ERA. In the series finale vs. the Rangers, they were unexpectedly asked to cover 8 1/3 innings after Adrian Morejon departed with an arm injury. They did so flawlessly. The Padres became the first team since Cleveland in 2016 to pitch a combined shutout when their starter exited without completing an inning -- and just the fourth this century. It's the first time in franchise history, as well.

April 10: Padres 7, Rangers 4 – Korea connection
Ha-Seong Kim mashed during seven seasons in Korea. He now has his first career big league homer, too -- a towering blast off the left-field foul pole at Globe Life Field. Kim is the Padres' first Korean-born position player, but he isn't the first Korean-born Padre to hit a home run. Right-handed starter Cha-Seung Baek homered off Cardinals left-hander Jaime Garcia in 2008.

April 9: Padres 3, Rangers 0 -- So close to perfection
Joe Musgrove became the fifth pitcher in the modern era to miss a perfect game by a hit batter, per ELIAS. Musgrove tossed the Padres' first no-hitter and allowed just one baserunner. But he hit the Rangers' Joey Gallo with a cutter in the bottom of the fourth inning, ending his bid at a perfect game. The other four to miss a perfect game with a hit batsman are Hooks Wiltse (Giants, 1908), Lew Burdette (Braves, 1960), Kevin Brown (Marlins, 1997) and Max Scherzer (Nationals, 2015).

April 7: Giants 3, Padres 2 -- Myers' Petco Park milestone
Wil Myers' game-tying eighth-inning home run against the Giants was his 57th career blast at Petco Park. That ties him with Adrián González for the most in the ballpark's history, which dates back to 2004. The all-time record for home runs in San Diego -- at both Qualcomm Stadium and Petco Park -- belongs to Nate Colbert with 72, one ahead of Phil Nevin and Dave Winfield.

April 6: Padres 3, Giants 1 -- Melancon's saves trifecta
He's officially "Padres closer Mark Melancon" now. Publicly, the Padres never named a closer. But less than a week into the season, it should be obvious enough. Melancon has appeared in three games, recording saves in all three -- including a 1-2-3 ninth inning on Tuesday night. Melancon is the first San Diego pitcher to record a save in each of his first three appearances with the club since Lance McCullers did so in August 1985.

April 5: Giants 3, Padres 2 -- Relievers who rake
Craig Stammen has always been able to handle the bat. He's a career .224 hitter, and on Monday night he shot a single into center field with two outs in a tie game in the sixth. The last two Padres "relievers" to record a hit? Technically, Ty France and Ian Kinsler -- who were obviously not actually relievers, but rather position players pitching. Before them it was right-hander Phil Maton, who, strangely enough, did so in Toronto -- an American League ballpark -- after the Padres sacrificed their designated hitter. But those three games were all blowouts. The last Padres reliever to record a hit in a tie game? Donne Wall on May 22, 1998.

April 4: D-backs 3, Padres 1 -- Hitting it right at 'em
The San Diego offense was held in check on Sunday afternoon, in part because it fell victim to some rough batted-ball luck (and some excellent D-backs defense). The six hardest-hit balls on Sunday all belonged to Padres hitters. Fernando Tatis Jr.'s 112.6 mph missile of a home run led the way. But among the nine balls the Padres hit 99 mph or harder, six of them went for outs.

April 3: Padres 7, D-backs 0 -- Rare three-inning save
Ryan Weathers made his big league debut with a scoreless outing against the Dodgers during the 2020 postseason. His regular-season debut was every bit as impressive. Weathers pitched three scoreless frames, becoming the first Padres reliever since Brian Sweeney on Sept. 16, 2006, to record a three-inning save. The 21-year-old Weathers is the youngest pitcher to record a three-inning save in the first regular-season game of his career since Milwaukee's Dave LaPoint in 1980.

April 2: Padres 4, D-backs 2 -- Hosmer's hot start
Eric Hosmer may have turned in the best two-game start to a season in franchise history. For the second consecutive game, Hosmer recorded three hits and launched a home run. He's the first player to record three hits in each of the Padres' first two games of a season. His 13 total bases also set a franchise record, surpassing the mark of 11 set by Xavier Nady in 2005 and Adrián González in '10. Hosmer had 11 total bases in his first two games of the 2020 season, but he didn't play in the team's second game of the year due to illness.

April 1: Padres 8, D-backs 7 -- Going back to back
Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers launched consecutive homers against D-backs left-hander Madison Bumgarner in the third inning at Petco Park. It marked the first time two Padres have gone back to back on Opening Day since Adrián González and Kyle Blanks went deep in the ninth inning of the 2010 opener, also against the D-backs. Only once before have the Padres hit consecutive homers on Opening Day at home -- when Chris Gomez, Rickey Henderson and Quilvio Veras famously went back to back to back against the Mets in 1997, sparking an 11-run sixth inning. That still stands as the most prolific Opening Day inning in modern baseball history.