SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher-friendly Petco Park hosted its first no-hitter on Saturday, when the Giants' Tim Lincecum tossed a gem against the Padres.
The question that begged to be answered on Sunday was this: What took so long?
Petco Park, which opened in 2004, has often been a forgiving place for pitchers, especially during night games early in the season, when the marine layer coming off the Pacific Ocean make it difficult to elevate a ball.
"At some point, especially with the type of pitchers and arms the Padres have had, maybe you would have thought they would have had one by now," said catcher Nick Hundley. "I know that it's a newer ballpark, but I'm a little surprised it hasn't happened before now."
Longtime pitching coach Darren Balsley, who has been with the team for a decade, said the fact that Petco Park didn't have a no-hitter before Saturday was surprising -- but also wasn't.
"Yes and no," Balsley said. "It surprises you as much as it might with other [big] ballparks, like Dodger Stadium, Safeco Field. But I don't think that if the ballpark plays big makes a difference in whether it's a no-hitter or not. It could be a chopper off the plate or a jam-shot to right here as much as it could anywhere else."
The Padres remain the only Major League team without a no-hitter, though they've had some close calls at Petco Park.
On Sept. 22, 2006, Chris Young's no-hitter was broken up when Joe Randa of the Pirates hit a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning.
Hynes earns promotion with performance
SAN DIEGO -- A suggestion made by the Padres' player development staff during Spring Training did more than just lead pitcher Colt Hynes to a dramatic change in his delivery.
It might have led the 28-year-old left-hander to the Major Leagues.
On Sunday the Padres purchased Hynes' contract from Triple-A Tucson and optioned right-hander Brad Brach to Tucson.
Hynes made his Major League debut in the ninth inning of Sunday's 10-1 victory over the Giants, needing just seven pitches to dispense of the three hitters he faced.
Hynes went 2-0 with a 1.52 ERA in 41 games between Double-A San Antonio and Tucson after spending last season as a starter with the Padres' top Minor League affiliate.
In Spring Training the Padres asked Hynes -- a 31st-round Draft pick in 2007 out of Texas Tech -- to alter his delivery, having him lower his arm slot to three-quarters.
"It was just an experiment in the bullpen in camp. [The Padres] thought it would be more natural for me," Hynes said. "It felt pretty drastic at first."
But the change took hold, and Hynes had success with it almost immediately, recording a 0.73 ERA in San Antonio before earning a promotion. That success continued in Tucson, where he struck out 42 over 35 innings, with two walks.
"I was kind of surprised I felt as comfortable as I did with it," he said. "All the other coaches said that it looked good."
Manager Bud Black, who was familiar with Hynes from when he attended Major League Spring Training, was anxious to see Hynes.
"He got to the big leagues the old-fashioned way. He earned it through performance," Black said. "It's been a long way for Colt. These are good stories."
Brach appeared in four games since being recalled from Tucson on July 8. He allowed five hits and five runs (one earned) in one inning in a loss to the Giants on Friday.
Black says All-Star break benefits everyone
SAN DIEGO -- Catcher Nick Hundley is going to pay his first visit to his baby niece during the All-Star break.
Hundley plans to get away for a little bit, and enjoy some time to rest his body. With all the physical demands that come with playing catcher, it's always good to get a few days to rest.
Manager Bud Black mentioned a couple of players who could use the four-day break to regroup.
"It benefits everybody," said Black, "but I think we have a handful of guys in particular, like all teams do, that it'll be beneficial to have some days of no baseball activity."
With all the injuries the Padres have been forced to endure this season, they haven't been able to give many days off to some of their regulars lately -- including Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin.
The innings had also been piling up for relievers Luke Gregerson and Dale Thayer, so this will give them a chance to get recharged.
Black also mentioned that outfielder Chris Denorfia -- who is always diving and sliding around the field -- will benefit from some time off.
• Infielder Logan Forsythe left Saturday's game because of a sore right knee. The injury occurred in the sixth inning, when he struck out in his only at-bat. Black doesn't think Forsythe will need to go on the disabled list
• Black revealed his pitching plan for the series in St. Louis starting on Friday. Jason Marquis will start the first game of the series, followed by Edinson Volquez and Eric Stults. The rest of the rotation will likely be announced on Friday.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Jamal Collier is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.