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When will the 2016 Padres finally score?

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The Padres were shut out yesterday on Opening Day by Kershaw and the Dodgers and pummeled with 15 runs to boot.  It's the worst Opening Day loss in history.

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The previous mark for an opening-day shutout was Pittsburgh's 14-0 win over Cincinnati in 1911.

The Padres however have been shut out five other times on Opening Day.

Year

Game

Outcome

Opponent

Home/Away

Runs

Runs Against

Difference

2016

1

L

LAD


0

15

-15

1974

1

L

LAD

@

0

8

-8

1971

1

L

SFG


0

4

-4

2002

1

L

ARI

@

0

2

-2

1975

1

L

SFG


0

2

-2

1982

1

L

ATL


0

1

-1

Yesterday as Dex, Jon and I stood by the Tony Gwynn statue in the late innings I wondered what was the longest it took the Padres to score their first run of the season.  As it turns out, two of the teams above were also shut out in their second game.  That's the 1974 team and the 2002 team.

Year

Game

Outcome

Opponent

Home/Away

Runs

Runs Against

Difference

1974

2

L

LAD

@

0

8

-8

2002

2

L

ARI

@

0

9

-9

The 2002 team mercifully scored their first run in the first inning of game three on a sac fly by Ron Gant.  The 1974 team however didn't get around to scoring until the 6th inning on a single to right field by Willie McCovey.

So the 1974 team had 8 runs dropped on them by the Dodgers in the first game, another 8 in the second game and then 7 in the first 5 innings before the Padres finally scored.  That's 23 unanswered runs to start the season in 23 innings.  That's the number the 2016 Padres need to avoid, but they've already got 15 against them in 9 innings.