We already knew that Saturday’s game between the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres would be historic. The latest installment in MLB’s World Tour, it marked the first time a regular-season Major League game would be played in Mexico City.
But we had no idea it would make a different kind of history as well: The two teams combined for 30 hits and a staggering 11 home runs — just two off the all-time big league record — in a 16-11 Padres win.
The most combined home runs in a game in MLB history is 13 (Diamondbacks at Phillies on June 10, 2019).— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 30, 2023
10 players combined for 13 HR that night, including Eduardo Escobar, who hit 2 HR in a 13-8 Diamondbacks win.
The Giants and Padres hit 8 HR in the 1st 5 innings. pic.twitter.com/D8dAqKb2d1
Although in hindsight, maybe we should’ve seen this coming. The series is being played at Estadio Alfredo Harp Helú, a 20,000-seat stadium that also happens to be some 7,349 feet above sea level — more than 2,000 feet higher than Coors Field. Combine that with outfield dimensions measuring just 325 feet down each line and 400 feet to dead center, and you get one of the most outrageous offensive displays in MLB history. Seriously, just look at how the ball was carrying:
Manny Machado homered twice for the Padres, who went back-to-back not once but twice — once in the fourth when Xander Bogaerts followed Machado, then again in the fifth when Machado followed Fernando Tatis Jr. The Giants were no slouches either, as San Francisco went yard five times themselves, including back-to-back shots from Brandon Crawford and LaMonte Wade Jr. In all, only two of the 18 combined starters in the game failed to record a hit.
And these weren’t just your run-of-the-mill dingers — these were missiles, the likes of which we just don’t see in a normal offensive environment:
20 feet longer on average! And these teams aren’t done, as they’ll play the final game of this two-game set on Sunday afternoon with first pitch scheduled for 4:05 p.m. ET. Yu Darvish (1-2, 3.00 ERA) will go for the Padres against San Francisco’s Alex Cobb (1-1, 1.91). San Diego is currently a -145 favorite on the moneyline at DraftKings Sportsbook, while the Giants are +125 underdogs. The run total is set at — and I swear this isn’t a typo — 20.5.