"It wasn't a bad pitch. ... I was trying to do down and away," Thayer said.
In a 1-1 game, Thayer tried to bury a fastball where Stanton couldn't extend his arms and knock it out of the ballpark. It happened anyway, on an 0-2 count, as Thayer's two-seam fastball came back over the outside corner just a bit and Stanton hit it 411 feet for a go-ahead two-run home run.
"There are probably only a handful of guys that would be able to do that ... especially here," Thayer said of spacious Petco Park.
San Diego catcher Yasmani Grandal echoed Thayer's sentiment.
"It probably was the best pitch he threw," Grandal said. "It was right on the spot. I guarantee you there's not another player in the league that could put that out there."
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.