The top four hitters in Tucson's lineup went 11 for 17 and Tucson rolled in the first of a four-game series with Nashville.
"Those guys had a lot of quality at-bats," Padres manager Terry Kennedy said of the top of the lineup. "They were rested after the day off and came out hot. It was fun to watch."
Logan Forsythe, who is with Tucson on a major league rehab assignment, hit his first home run of the season and also added a triple. His brother, Blake, a minor leaguer in the New York Mets system hit two home runs in his game and drove in six runs.
"Mom has to be happy tonight," Kennedy said smiling.
First baseman Matt Clark, hitting cleanup, also continued his hot streak, going 4 for 5 with three RBIs. He now has his average up to .268 after a slow start to the season.
Other postgame tidbits:
--Kennedy was pleased with starting pitcher Matt Palmer, who tossed seven shutout innings. Palmer gave up six hits and two walks and struck out three. He threw 96 pitches--60 for strikes. "He was throwing his curveball for strikes even late in the game and was very good," Kennedy said. "He put up some quick zeros and got us in the dugout in a hurry."
-- Padres reliever Cory Burns faced Nashville's Jordan Brown in the eighth inning. The matchup showcased a pair of former Arizona Wildcats. Brown reached on a hit by pitch, but there's no controversy here. "It was a changeup on the foot," Kennedy said laughing. "No big deal." Brown finished 1-3.
--Kennedy said normally in such a lopsided game, he would not have used two of his main relievers, Burns and Eric Hamren, but wanted to get both of them some game action because of recent inactivity. The two righties put up a pair of scoreless innings and struck out a combined five hitters.
--The shutout was Tucson's second this season and the 13-run differential was the largest margin of victory this season.
--3,686 fans turned out for Thirsty Thursday and provided a good atmosphere at Kino Stadium.