Opening Day was the official unveiling of the new-look Padres. James Shields was on the mound, and Matt Kemp made an immediate return to Los Angeles. Despite the Padres' loss, Shields was solid giving up two earned runs in six innings, and Kemp drove in all three Padre runs.
April 29 - Andrew Cashner sets two records
In a game against the Astros, Andrew Cashner set a Padres record by striking out the first six batters he faced to start the game. Cashner also set a then-major league record by turning in his 21st consecutive home start in which he allowed two earned runs or less.
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May 14 - Padres win rain-delayed game
The Padres played the Nationals at Petco Park in a game that was delayed for nearly two hours by rain. It was only the fifth rain delay in Petco Park history and the first since 2011. Corey Spangenberg homered twice and Derek Norris homered and tripled in the 8-3 victory.
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June 1 - Andrew Cashner’s odd scoreline
You might say that Cashner was exceptionally good, or exceptionally bad on this day. He struck out 12 batters while giving up 11 hits in 4 ⅔ innings pitched to become the first pitcher in major league history with double digit K’s and hits in less than five innings. Oddly enough, Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard would complete the very same feat the next day against the Padres.
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June 3 - James Shields starts season 7-0
Shields showed the Padres why he was a great offseason signing through the first 2+ months of the season as he set a personal best by starting 7-0.
June 6 - Matt Kemp ends career-long home run drought
Matt Kemp had a terrible May, during which he went homerless. The stretch was part of a career-worst 174 at bat homerless streak. It ended on this day in Cincinnati.
June 8 - Uptons, Kimbrel return to Atlanta
While Matt Kemp faced his old club on Opening Day, Justin Upton and Melvin Upton, Jr. had to wait until June. Upton, Jr. actually made his season debut in Atlanta. Upton went 1 for 4 with an RBI. Craig Kimbrel, also making his return to Atlanta, showed Braves fans what it was like to be on the other end of one of his saves.
June 15-16 - Firing of Bud Black; Hiring of Pat Murphy
After the flurry of offseason moves yielded only a mediocre Padres team, manager Bud Black was relieved of his duties. After bench coach Dave Roberts filled in for one game, the Padres named Triple-A El Paso manager, Pat Murphy, as the team's new skipper.