For the second day in a row, the Padres can celebrate an anniversary of an opposing pitcher’s no-hitter.
The Padres on Sept. 3, 2001, had barely gotten over getting no-hit by A.J. Burnett a few months earlier when a 21-year-old rookie southpaw named Bud Smith notched another against San Diego, this one in Qualcomm Stadium.
Smith was making his 11th career start and had never lasted past the seventh inning, but he stayed on the mound long enough in this contest to accomplish the rare feat by striking out seven and walking four for the 4-0 victory. Smith’s career lasted just one more year, as he finished with a 7-8 record and 4.95 ERA.