25 years ago today, a day after recording their sixth triple play in franchise history, the San Diego Padres notched their 13th one-hitter.
On April 10, 1989, Bruce Hurst was making his second start of the season after getting tagged by San Francisco Giants hitters for seven earned runs on 10 hits during his Padres debut six days earlier.
Hurst, who signed as a free agent from the Boston Red Sox, brought much better stuff to Jack Murphy Stadium on this day. The southpaw struck out 13 and allowed just a single hit to lead the Padres to a 5-2 win over the Atlanta Braves. The only hit Hurst allowed was a two-out homer by Lonnie Smith in the third inning, scoring the pitcher Pete Smith, who had walked.
The complete-game one-hitter was the 13th in franchise history, and it came a day after the team turned an ever rarer feat – a triple play.
Hurst would toss another one-hitter for the Friars on May 18, 1992, during a home game against the New York Mets. In that contest, Hurst held on to the no-no into the sixth inning when Chico Walker killed it with a single to short.