Padres repeat feat of winning with single hit
San Diego first team since 1965 to post two such victories in season
SAN DIEGO -- One-hit wonders? Whatever you want to call it, Padres manager Bud Black said he will take it.
For the second time this season -- and this month -- the Padres won a game with one hit, as they edged the Reds, 1-0, on Monday at Petco Park.
"There's a lot of ways to win a ballgame," Black said. "And that's one of them."
The Padres became the first team to win two games with one hit in a single season since 1965, when the Dodgers did so.
To be sure, June was a vexing month for the Padres, who finished it with a 10-17 record. They team also compiled the lowest single-month batting average (.171) in any month in the live-ball era.
"That's not a number we were looking forward to having," said Padres third baseman Chase Headley. "... But I don't think it's something we think about. You think about the next day. You really can't dwell on the bad."
There was no bad to be had Monday, even though the Padres managed one hit, a second-inning single by Tommy Medica that didn't amount to much, as former San Diego pitcher Mat Latos held the Padres to one run over seven innings.
"It's what makes baseball a great game -- in this case, a painful game," said Reds manager Bryan Price.
On June 4, the Padres defeated the Pirates, 3-2. The only hit in that game was a first-inning bunt single by Everth Cabrera. The A's got one hit in a victory over the Rays on May 21.
This is the first time since 1914 -- when it happened six times -- that it's occurred more than twice in a season.
"A win is a win ... even if it looks funny," said Padres center fielder Cameron Maybin.
While acknowledging the one-hit victory was quirky, Black was pragmatic enough to know that it does not really matter a whole lot how you arrive at a victory -- only that you do so.
"At the end of the day, you want to win a game," he said. "And we did today with pitching. You want to be able to say over the course of a season that you won big a couple of times, that you won 10-8, 9-6. ... We haven't quite got there yet. But there is enough of a season to go. I think those games are in there."