Padres Stat of the Day: Sept./Oct. 2021

October 3rd, 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.

Oct. 3: Giants 11, Padres 4: Tatis is the NL home run king
Fernando Tatis Jr. finished his remarkable 2021 season and was officially crowned National League home run king with 42 on the season. Tatis is only the second Padres hitter to lead the National League in home runs, and the first since Fred McGriff hit 35 during the 1992 season.

Oct. 2: Padres 3, Giants 2 (10 innings) -- Milestone for Musgrove
Joe Musgrove capped his strong season by recording his 200th strikeout -- a first-inning punchout of Darin Ruf. With four K's across five innings, Musgrove upped his season total to 203. He's just the seventh pitcher in franchise history to record 200 strikeouts in a single season, the first since Tyson Ross and James Shields both accomplished the feat in 2015. Jake Peavy had three 200-strikeout seasons with the Padres.

Oct. 1: Giants 3, Padres 0 -- More Tatis milestones
With Fernando Tatis Jr.'s opposite-field double in the eighth inning, he reached 30 doubles for the season. Tatis became just the 11th player in Major League history to post a season with 40 homers, 30 doubles and 25 stolen bases. At 22, he's also the youngest to do so, surpassing Alex Rodriguez's 1998 campaign at age 23.

Sept. 30: Dodgers 8, Padres 3 -- Tatis leaves the yard, literally
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s fifth-inning home run caromed off the top of the left-field pavilion at Dodger Stadium and into the concourse. He became just the fifth player on record to leave Dodger Stadium with a home run -- and it's quite a list. Willie Stargell did so twice, in 1969 and '73. Mike Piazza (1997), Mark McGwire (1999) and Giancarlo Stanton (2015) also accomplished the feat. Evidently, only generational sluggers leave Dodger Stadium.

Sept. 29: Dodgers 11, Padres 9 -- Caratini owns Scherzer
Victor Caratini is a light-hitting catcher. Max Scherzer is a future Hall of Famer. But Caratini continued to rake against the three-time Cy Young Award winner, going 3-for-3 with a homer. He's 7-for-13 against Scherzer in his career. Only Shin-Soo Choo (.583) has a higher average in at least as many at-bats against Scherzer.

Sept. 28: Dodgers 2, Padres 1 -- Rare occurrence for Tatis Among all of the ways Fernando Tatis Jr. can impact a game, here's an unheralded one: He almost never hits into double plays. Almost never, that is. Tatis grounded into an inning-ending double play in the top of the sixth inning at Dodger Stadium. It marked the first time he'd hit into a twin killing since July 29 and just his fifth in 529 plate appearances this season.

Sept. 26: Braves 4, Padres 3 -- Tatis matches Petco mark
Fernando Tatis Jr., who struck out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning of the series finale, finished the 2021 home schedule with 18 home runs at Petco Park. That matches the most homers at Petco Park in a season. Wil Myers also had 18 in 2016.

Sept. 25: Braves 10, Padres 8 (10 innings) -- Dozen for Manny
Manny Machado hit another grand slam, a towering drive into the left-field seats in the fifth inning. It was the 12th of his career and his third since joining the Padres in 2019. Machado's 12 grand slams trail only Albert Pujols' 15 for the most among active players.

Sept. 24: Padres 6, Braves 5 (completion of suspended game); Braves 4, Padres 0 -- Stammen’s four-strikeout frame
Ozzie Albies, the first batter Craig Stammen faced in the top of the sixth inning, struck out on a curveball in a dirt but reached first base on a wild pitch. Stammen then racked up three more strikeouts in the frame, giving him a total of four K’s in the sixth inning. He's just the third pitcher in Padres history to record a four-strikeout frame, joining Luke Gregerson, who did so in 2009, and Miguel Diaz, who accomplished the feat in 2018.

Sept. 23: Padres 7, Giants 6 (10) -- Left-on-left Grisham
Padres center fielder Trent Grisham has endured a bit of a power outage during the second half of the season, with just four home runs since the All-Star break. One of those was his game-tying blast in the sixth inning against Giants left-hander José Quintana. It was the lefty-hitting Grisham's first home run against a left-handed pitcher since he took Arizona's Caleb Smith deep on Aug. 6.

Sept. 22: Giants 8, Padres 6 -- Weathers' pickoff prowess
In the fourth inning, Padres left-hander Ryan Weathers caught Giants third baseman Evan Longoria leaning at first base. Weathers threw over and recorded his ninth pickoff of the season, easily the most in the Majors. In fact, Weathers' nine picks are the most for any pitcher since former Padre Eric Lauer recorded 10 of them in 2018.

Sept. 21: Giants 6, Padres 5 -- Petco power
It was a rough road trip for the Padres, power-wise. Across 10 games, they mustered only four home runs. But in their return to Petco Park, Manny Machado hit two dingers and Tommy Pham and Austin Nola added one apiece, as the Padres matched their entire home run total from their three-city trip in the first six innings of their game against the Giants.

Sept. 19: Cardinals 8, Padres 7 -- Power in short supply
Tommy Pham's home run in the sixth inning was the team's 10th home run of September. Only the Rangers (nine) have hit fewer long balls this month.

Sept. 18: Cardinals 3, Padres 2 -- A troubling trend
When Tyler O'Neill connected with an Emilio Pagán cutter for the decisive home run, it fit into a trend for the late-inning reliever. Pagán has given up 13 home runs this season, and five in his past eight games. He is tied with teammate Craig Stammen for the National League lead of home runs allowed by relievers.

Sept. 17: Cardinals 8, Padres 2 – Hosmer finds his groove
Eric Hosmer had two of the Padres’ seven hits, including a double that he mashed to right-center field on a changeup in the seventh inning. That got Hosmer out of a 1-for-14 skid (with six strikeouts) over his previous three games.

Sept. 16: Padres 7, Giants 4 -- Merry Crismatt
So often relegated to mop-up duty, Nabil Crismatt has been excellent chewing up innings for the Padres this season. But he hasn't been part of many victories, lately. In fact, the win over the Giants in the series finale was the first Padres victory in a game in which Crismatt pitched since July 16 in Washington. Crismatt had appeared in 13 straight Padres losses (through no fault of his own -- he posted a 1.71 ERA in those games). But Crismatt was excellent in this one, tossing four scoreless innings in relief of opener Pierce Johnson, and earning the victory.

Sept. 15: Padres 9, Giants 6 -- Middle-infield mashers
Adam Frazier and Fernando Tatis Jr. both tied their career highs with four hits apiece. They became only the second pair of Padres middle infielders to record four hits in the same game. The other duo? Second baseman Jody Reed and shortstop Andújar Cedeño on May 6, 1995 -- also against the Giants.

Sept. 14: Giants 6, Padres 1 -- Save some for later?
The Padres scored eight runs in the second inning of their 8-5 win over the Angels last Wednesday. It was their highest scoring inning of the season. In 51 innings since -- spanning series against the Angels, Dodgers and Giants -- the Padres' offense has combined for only six runs.

Sept. 13: Giants 9, Padres 1 -- A first in the first for Darvish
Yu Darvish endured his roughest outing as a Padre, allowing four homers and eight total runs across four innings, including five in the opening frame. The Giants' five earned runs against Darvish in the first were the most he's allowed in the first inning of any of his 209 career big league starts.

Sept. 12: Dodgers 8, Padres 0 -- Adams at 23 HBPs
Austin Adams plunked three Dodgers in the eighth inning, bringing his total to a whopping 23 hit batters this season. That's the most for any pitcher in a single season in the Divisional Era (since 1969), and it ties the mark for the Live Ball Era (since 1920). Howard Ehmke of the 1922 Detroit Tigers also hit 23 batters, though he did so in 279 2/3 innings. Adams has pitched 48 2/3 frames this year.

Sept. 11: Dodgers 5, Padres 4 -- Tatis Ravine
Fernando Tatis Jr. has played six games at Dodger Stadium this season, and he's hit six home runs -- including a two-run blast to bring his National League-leading total to 38. Tatis' six homers are the most by a Padre at Dodger Stadium in a single season. With one more homer, he would tie Todd Helton for the most by any visitor at Dodger Stadium. (Helton hit seven in 2001.) The Padres play four more games in Los Angeles this season.

Sept. 10: Dodgers 3, Padres 0 -- Quality effort by Musgrove
Right-hander Joe Musgrove battled through six innings, surrendering four hits and five walks. But he worked his way to yet another quality start, keeping the Padres in the game. It was Musgrove's 14th quality start, the most on the team this season, two ahead of Yu Darvish's 12.

Sept. 8: Padres 8, Angels 5 -- Do you want to score a snowman?
The Padres broke out for eight runs in the bottom of the second inning -- a frame that saw two Wil Myers walks, two Adam Frazier hits and three straight runs scoring on bases-loaded walks. The eight-run inning was the Padres' highest-scoring frame of the season and their most in one inning since they scored eight on Sept. 2, 2020 -- also against the Angels.

Sept. 7: Angels 4, Padres 0 -- Snell's record no-hit run
For 13 consecutive innings, Blake Snell was unhittable. After throwing seven hitless innings in a start against the D-backs on Aug. 31, Snell threw another six perfect innings against the Angels before giving up two walks and a single in the seventh inning. The lefty's 13 hitless frames set a Padres record for most consecutive hitless innings by a pitcher in franchise history, topping Bill Laxton's 12 1/3 hitless innings streak from July 14 to Aug. 12, 1974.

Sept. 5: Padres 4, Astros 3 -- Paddack, Peavy a fine pair
Chris Paddack did not record a strikeout nor a walk across six-plus innings of three-run ball. He threw a total of just 63 pitches, making him the first Padres starter to record an outing of at least six innings on that many pitches or fewer since Jake Peavy needed 59 pitches to throw six scoreless against the Reds in September 2006.

Sept. 4: Padres 10, Astros 2 -- Tatis in big moments
He doesn't only hit grand slams, you know. Fernando Tatis Jr.'s bases-loaded, two-run single in the second inning marked the ninth time this year that he's come to the plate with the bases loaded. He's 5-for-9. In his three seasons in the big leagues, Tatis is hitting .473 (9-for-19) with three grand slams.

Sept. 3: Astros 6, Padres 3 -- Pham in a pinch
The player who has lost the most playing time after Fernando Tatis Jr.’s move to the outfield has been Tommy Pham. But Pham has produced off the bench. He had a pinch-hit RBI double in the fifth inning to improve to 7-for-20 as a pinch-hitter this season. That’s more pinch-hits than he had in his career entering 2021 (6-for-41).

Sept. 1: D-backs 8, Padres 3 -- Lamet dazzles with electric slider
The Padres envision plenty of success for Dinelson Lamet in the bullpen for the remainder of the season. The biggest reason? His elite fastball/slider combo. In his return from the injured list, Lamet threw 19 pitches -- eight fastballs and 11 sliders. Fifteen were strikes, including seven swings and misses. Interestingly, Lamet's slider averaged 87.2 mph, only 1/10 of a mph below his career-high slider velocity for any outing in his career.