SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres traded for pitcher Edinson Volquez for his arm and not his bat, though Tuesday he knocked in what was the tying run with a single in the second inning against the Giants.
After stopping at first base, Volquez raised his arms in the air briefly to celebrate what ranks as the rarest of feats.
"It's about time. I don't know how I did it," Volquez said. "I think I closed my eyes and swung."
That hit produced his first RBI since April 27 of 2008 when he was pitching for the Reds -- against the Giants and, oddly enough, also at AT&T Park.
Since 2008, Volquez has the fewest RBIs (two) of any pitcher who has at least 150 at-bats -- and that includes the run he knocked in Tuesday.
The Giants went on to win 3-2 when Brandon Crawford knocked in the winning run in the ninth inning.