Rain, rain, go away

What happens less frequently to the Padres than a National League West title and just as often as a trip to the World Series over the past 22 seasons?

Try a rainout, which the Padres suffered Tuesday night at Petco Park.

San Diego's game against the Giants was officially postponed at 7:54 p.m. Tuesday after a steady rain of 3 1/2 hours with no break in the forecast.

Not only was it the first rainout in the history of Petco Park, it was the first for the Padres since May 12, 1998 (although a spring exhibition that season against the New York Yankees also was canceled by rain) and only the second for the Padres since April 20, 1983 -- a season before the Padres won the first of their four NL West titles and the first of their two National League championships.

Officially, Tuesday's rainout was the 16th in Padres history and ended a streak of 635 straight home games without a rainout.

But many of the rainouts in the Padres' formative years were dubious.

Six came in the Padres' first four seasons as the club would call a rainout at the first sign of a drizzle -- opting to play early-season games as parts of more profitable doubleheaders later in the season.

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