All of that talk about the struggling San Diego Padres offense? Apparently all that was needed was to play a game at 7,300 feet.
San Diego Padres part of MLB history during slugfest win over San Francisco Giants in Mexico City
In Saturday night's 16-11 home run fest between the Padres and Giants, MLB history was made south of the border. 10 players (five from each team) sent a ball over the fence at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, tying the MLB record for number of players to hit a home run in a single game. In all, 11 home runs were hit, just missing the MLB record of 13 in a game set by the Arizona Diamondbacks and Philadelphia Phillies in 2019.
That June game, however, was in Philadelphia. Saturday night's affair in Mexico City may not have the number of home runs that was put up in Philly, but it certainly had more distance than anything MLB fans had seen before.
While the Giants and Padres are certainly both familiar with playing in Denver, where Coors Field sits roughly 2,000 feet below the stadium in Mexico City, a combination of altitude and baseballs used without a humidor turned into a history-making evening.
Whatever the case, San Diego was happy to not only see its offense kick into high gear, but also shake off some of the troubling offensive numbers in a victory that pulled the Padres back to .500 at 14-14 and kept them two games behind the Diamondbacks in the National League West standings.
The Padres and Giants will square off one more time in Mexico City on Sunday afternoon (first pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. Pacific time) in what could well be another historic home run event. Whatever the case, if it results in a Padres win and a boost to the offense, San Diego fans will take it, no matter at what elevation the game is played.