Padres Give Hahn A Solo Run, Still Win

Friars Beat The Reds On One Run And One Hit

On Wednesday, June 4, the Padres beat the Pirates 3-2 despite getting just one hit in the game.

On Monday, June 30, the Padres beat the Reds 1-0 despite getting just one hit.

Welcome to the history books, San Diego! The Padres are the second team ever to win two games in one season when only getting one hit. The other was the 1965 Los Angeles Dodgers, who had Sandy Koufax and Don Drysdale at the top of the rotation and won the World Series.

So I guess the comparisons stop there.

Monday night at Petco Park, Tommy Medica got the Padres' only hit and scored the only run, but not in the same inning. The hit came in the 2nd. The run came in the 5th, after Medica walked, stole second on a hit-and-run that Cameron Maybin swung through, moved to 3rd when Maybin hit a sacrifice fly, and came home when Everth Cabrera also hit a sac fly.

It came just in time to get Jesse Hahn the win, and he certainly deserved it. The rookie threw five shutout inning, striking out a career-high nine batters (including seven in a row between the 2nd and 4th innings). Hahn left after his pitch count hit 97, and the Padres bullpen had its typical fantastic outing.

Blaine Boyer, Dale Thatcher, Joaquin Benoit (who got some defensive help when Maybin made a great catch on a long Skip Schumaker fly ball) and Huston Street each threw a scoreless inning. Street converted his 22nd straight save chance. The pitching staff has had to be amazing because for the month of June, the Padres offense was historically bad.

As a team the Padres hit .171 in June. That is the worst batting average during any calendar month during the live ball era, which began in 1920.

Yet, they still won 10 games for the month, six of them coming from Hahn (4-1) and Odrisamer Despaigne (2-0), who both joined the team in June.

On Tuesday the Padres go for a rare 3-game winning streak with Ian Kennedy on the mound against Fallbrook High School alum Mike Leake.

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