If you like getting into the weeds with esoteric baseball minutia, well you clicked on the right article. Strap in, because this one’s a bit of a thinker. The Padres, who were only scheduled to make one trip to Atlanta this year, attempted to play a doubleheader against the Braves back on July 21st, but Game 2 of the twin bill was suspended in the fifth inning with the Friars clinging to a 5-4 lead. That game resumed Friday night in San Diego (albeit 2,000 miles from where it began) with Braves slugger Adam Duvall homering in a pinch-hitting appearance before logging an inning in center field.
While Duvall’s sixth-inning solo blast didn’t affect the game’s outcome (the Padres would ultimately escape with a 6-5 victory), the historical significance of this event wasn’t lost on MLB.com writer Sarah Langs, who acknowledged the outfielder’s rare, bordering on unprecedented, achievement in a lengthy and informative Twitter thread.
Though the final two frames were played months later, all statistics compiled during the resumption of Friday’s game count towards July 21st. Duvall, of course, was a member of the Miami Marlins at that time. On that date, Duvall, who was traded to the Braves later that month, went 1-for-4 in a win over Washington. One of the pitchers that took the mound for the Nationals that night was Daniel Hudson, now a member of the Padres. And wouldn’t you know it, Hudson would face Duvall again Friday, opposing the National League’s RBI leader twice in one day for two different teams.
We’ve been tracking baseball statistics for over a century and, at this point in the game’s vast history, there aren’t many stones left unturned, except this one, apparently. This exact scenario involving Hudson and Duvall had actually never happened before, though Langs, in her research, was able to uncover a similar instance that occurred in 1922, when Cliff Heathcote and Max Flack were traded during a doubleheader and opposed each other later that night.
Friday night’s festivities at Petco Park produced no shortage of useless trivia with Fernando Tatis Jr. belting his 30th home run of the season (at least chronologically) and Braves starter Max Fried delivering his second Maddux—a nine-inning shutout on fewer than 100 pitches—in as many months.
What a gloriously strange sport baseball is.