By Bill Center
Sept. 28, 1979 — Right-hander Eric Rasmussen pitched a complete-game, one-hit shutout as the Padres defeated the Giants 2–0 in San Francisco. Rasmussen allowed three walks with one strikeout with the lone hit coming in the second. Right fielder Dave Winfield homered.
Sept. 28, 1988 — Catcher Mark Parent hit a two-run, two-out, pinch-hit, walk-off homer in the bottom of the 16th gave the Padres a 2–1 win over the Dodgers at San Diego Jack Murphy Stadium. Right-handed starter Andy Hawkins allowed no runs on four hits and two walks with six strikeouts in 10 shutout innings. Mark Davis, Lance McCullers and Dave Leiper followed.
Sept. 28, 1990 — Left-hander Bruce Hurst allowed a run on four hits and a walk with four strikeouts in a complete game as the Padres defeated the Reds 2–1 in Cincinnati.
Sept. 28, 1996 — Tony Gwynn hits a two-out, two-run single off reliever Mark Guthrie in the top of the eighth to snap a 2–2 tie and lead the Padres to a 4–2 win at Dodger Stadium. The win clinches the Padres’ first trip to the playoffs in 12 years. Gwynn calls it his “biggest hit.”
Sept. 28, 1997 — First baseman Derrek Lee hit a three-run homer in the top of the 11th to give the Padres a 5–3 win over the Giants in San Francisco.
Sept. 28, 2003 — The Colorado Rockies defeat the Padres 10–8 in the Padres’ final game at Qualcomm Stadium. Padres’ second baseman Mark Loretta’s solo shot in the eighth inning is the last homer at Qualcomm Stadium.
Sept. 28, 2005 — The Padres defeat San Francisco 9–1 at Petco Park to clinch their fourth National League West title and their first as occupants of Petco Park.
Sept. 28, 2016 — Right fielder Hunter Renfroe becomes the first hitter to hit a ball onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. building. He is 2-for-4 with the historic homer with four RBIs.