This San Diego Padres team is something else this year. At times I could mean that in a positive sense, but other times that could be bad. Thus is baseball. Today, there is a lot to be celebrated.
The Padres took a 5-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers with Joey Lucchesi collecting his seventh win of the year. Although the milestone of the day should go to Kirby Yates for collecting his 30th win of the year.
All five runs for the Padres today came via the homerun ball. Manuel Margot hit a solo shot in the second inning. The hitting superstar of the day, per usual, is Fernando Tatis Jr. with his first multi-homer game. He had 4 RBIs on two bombs, becoming the youngest Padre to have a multi-homer game.
At 20 years, 186 days old, Fernando Tatis Jr. is the youngest player in Padres history with a multi-HR game.— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) July 7, 2019
Previous youngest was Cesar Crespo, at 22 years, 124 days in 2001.
So, yeah Tatis Jr. is still very good at baseball. Please make sure to pick your jaw up off the floor after that shocking sentence.
This win brings the Padres to 45-45 for the year. That also means San Diego will be at the .500 mark at the All-Star Break for the first time since 2010.
We are now at the All-Star Break. The Padres will return to action at home against the Atlanta Braves once normal baseball returns. That will be a fun battle of young studs, Austin Riley and Tatis Jr...advantage Tatis Jr., of course.