SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Cameron Maybin #24 of the San Diego Padres pumps his fist as he rounds the bases after hitting a two-run homer during the third inning of a baseball game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Petco Park on September 10, 2012 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
The Padres have never had a player hit for the cycle. On Monday night, they nearly had two players do it in the same game.
Logan Forsythe was a home run shy of history. Cameron Maybin came up a triple short. But, the two combined for 6 of the Padres 17 hits in an 11-3 thumping of the St. Louis Cardinals at PETCO Park.
When you score 11 runs, and still leave 13 men on base, you had a good night on offense. The Padres also drew 8 walks from Cardinals pitchers.
Forsythe's night was interesting. He singled, doubled and tripled, but also struck out three times, the last two when he had a shot to cycle and seemed to be swinging just a bit harder (and who could blame him). His triple in the 2nd inning tied the game at 2.
Maybin's homer was a 2-run blast in the 3rd inning that put the Padres up for good. Looking for a triple to complete the cycle, he drew an 8th-inning walk.
Chris Denorfia, Everth Cabrera and Yonder Alonso also had multiple-hit games.
On the mound, Eric Stults threw 5.1 innings to get his 6th win.
The Padres are now 67-75, and amazing as this sounds, have a legitimate shot at finishing with a non-losing record. With 20 games left, they need to go 14-6 to end the season at 81-81. In their last 20 games, they went 15-5. So it's possible.