Originally written May 04, 2013 on Fox Sports Arizona:
SAN DIEGO -- Eleven feet. It might as well have been a mile. Yonder Alonsos fly ball to deep right-center field Friday would have struck the auxiliary scoreboard and bounded back into play in every game at Petco Park in every year from 2004-12. After renovations, the ball easily cleared the new fence in front of the Jack Daniels party patio for a two-run home run, a blow that seemed to change the game's momentum and propelled the Padres to a 7-6 victory that extended the Diamondbacks losing streak to four games. The blow gave the Padres a 4-3 lead, and they added enough tack-on runs to withstand Gerardo Parras three-run homer to center field with two outs in the top of the ninth inning. I dont know how much its helped them, but apparently it did tonight, said D-backs right fielder Cody Ross of the new Petco configuration, which was designed to make the pitcher-friendly park play more neutral. So Petco Park is now a hitters park, although the Padres still are playing catch-...
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