Yes, you're reading that correctly. The Padres notched only one hit and won the game. And to make the win even more odd, that one hit was a bunt single in the first inning. This was a weird one all right.
To score three runs on a single hit, the Padres had to get some help from the Pirates, and they had to play small ball like champs. Consider the first inning, in which San Diego scored two of its runs: Chris Denorfia worked a lead-off walk, then stole second. Everth Cabrera pushed a bunt single down the first base line, then Denorfia scored on a Carlos Quentin sac fly. After a hit-by-pitch, Cabrera came around to score from second base on a fielder's choice and Pirates error on a Tommy Medica grounder.
Sure, all that was a lot more complicated than, say, a two-run homer, but the runs counted just the same.
The Padres got their third run on a bases-loaded walk in the fourth-inning. Pirates starter Francisco Liriano issued six walks in five innings, plus another intentional walk and a hit batter. That's counterproductive to the whole not-giving-hits thing, frankly.
After the game, Padres manager Bud Black told MLB.com's Corey Brock:
"There's a lot of ways to win a baseball game and that was one of them. You never know what's going to happen in a big league game. The game starts, you never know how it's going to unfold. When you win a game like that and only have one knock, it's a pretty good win."
It's also a rare win. The last one-hit win in MLB actually came exactly two weeks ago, but overall this doesn't happen too often. On May 21, the Oakland Athletics beat the Tampa Bay Rays by the same 3-2 score on just a single hit. In the case of the A's, that one hit was a solo homer by Brandon Moss.
As ESPN's Sweetspot blog calculated after Oakland's victory, wins on one hit are a baseball anomaly that we see a handful of times each decade. It's happened 65 times dating back to 1914, including Thursday's game. It happened seven times in both the '80s and '90s, six times in the '00s and now six times in the '10s.
And now twice in two weeks? They're right. You can't predict ball.
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