Perhaps this isn't something the San Diego Padres should be too proud of, but they did accomplished something Monday night that only one other MLB team has ever done. They won a game for the second time this season while getting only one hit.
Yep, a lone hit. That's all the Padres had in their 1-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds (who had five hits). These same Padres got their other one-hit win on June 4, beating the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2, and that was a bit more impressive because getting three runs on one hit is harder than get one.
The only other team that's won two one-hit games in the same season is the 1965 Dodgers. These Padres aren't going to be remembered for much else this season, so at least they've got that. '
'At the end of the day, you want to win the game,'' Padres manager Bud Black said. ''Today, we won it with pitching.''
Starter Jesse Hahn pitched five innings and struck out nine, then combined with four relievers to shut out the Reds. First baseman Tommy Medica deserves some love too. He had the Padres' only hit in the second inning, then came around to score their run in the fifth. He walked, stole second, advanced to third on a sac fly, then scored another sac fly.
When you're the Padres, the team with the worst batting average in baseball (.210, more than 20 points behind the next team), that's how you have to score runs sometimes.
THE DODGERS ALSO WIN 1-0, RECLAIM FIRST PLACE IN NL WEST
The San Francisco Giants being idle gave the Los Angeles Dodgers a chance to break the tie atop the NL West, and starting pitcher Dan Haren delivered on that opportunity.
Haren pitched seven innings of one-hit ball against the Cleveland Indians, striking out five. The L.A. bullpen blanked the Indians the rest of the way and the Dodgers won 1-0, grabbing a precious half-game lead over the struggling Giants. Of course the boys in blue bragged:
The poor Indians meanwhile, where shut out and one-hit for the second straight day. They were dominated by Felix Hernandez and the Mariners on Sunday.
TIGERS BEAT A'S ON WALK-OFF GRAND SLAM
The Detroit Tigers have delivered a gut-punch to the Oakland Athletics the past two postseasons, so consider Monday's game a reminder that the Tigers own the A's. So how about another gut-punch?
John Jaso on Rajai Davis: "He's a pesky guy. If he could just go to the National League, that would be great.”
— Susan Slusser (@susanslusser) July 1, 2014
TAIJUAN WALKER WINS FOR MARINERS IN 2014 DEBUT
The Seattle Mariners were counting on 21-year-old pitcher Taijuan Walker to be a nice piece of their rotation this season. His debut was delayed by shoulder issues, but Walker finally was on the mound for the Mariners on Monday night and the results were encouraging.
For the rest of Monday's results, check out our scoreboard.
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