On Saturday night, against World Series MVP Madison Bumgarner and a sell-out crowd at Petco Park, the Padres showed off their new-look offense, which racked up 20 hits in a 10-2 victory over the San Francisco Giants.
It was the third time in Petco Park history that the Padres scored 20 hits (the current team record for hits in a single game). All nine Padres starters ended the game with at least one knock, making the Padres the first team in the Major Leagues to do so this season — a promising contrast from the end of 2014, when the Padres finished the season last in nearly every offensive category. Padres starting pitcher James Shields allowed only one run and three hits in seven innings, striking out seven and walking one (and also nabbed his first hit in a Padres uniform).
Here are some quotables from Saturday’s game:
Manager Buddy Black
“We were patient, yet aggressive at the same time. We were ready to hit. We took advantage of some pitches that were left high over the plate. You get momentum, and it sort of builds and builds, and you saw that today. We had good at-bats. We fought through the at-bats, even when we were down in the count.”
Starting Pitcher James Shields
“I was just pounding the strike zone pretty much the whole game, and obviously when you get a lead off Bumgarner, you gotta take advantage of that. I thought we had a good game tonight.”
“I tell you what, the crowd keeps showing up like that – that gets us going in the dugout. We definitely hear them out there.”
Third Baseman Will Middlebrooks
“We made up for the last few nights tonight, is what it felt like. Anytime you go out against a guy like Bumgarner and put together aggressive at-bats, it’s a lot of fun.”
Outfielder Matt Kemp
“[Bumgarner] is one of the best pitchers in the league. Tonight he made a couple mistakes and we hopped on those and made some things happen.”
(On his relationship with Justin Upton)
“We’re the three and four hitters. We try to have a little competition, try to make things happen. It’s all fun. He’s been one of the best right-handed hitters in the league for a long time and I’ve done a pretty good job of hitting. I think this year is going to be fun to see what we’re capable of doing, not just with us but with everybody.”
“We were waiting for one of these games to happen. I think those first couple games, especially with all the new guys we have on the team, we were not necessarily pressing but just out there trying to do too much. This was a good game to get under our belt to let everyone relax. Everyone started relaxing and hitting the ball. That’s a game that can carry over to tomorrow and another pitcher we’re facing, Jake Peavy.”
— Annie Heilbrunn (TWITTER: @annieheilbrunn)