Fernando Tatis Jr. made history in an unusual way on Saturday evening when he hit a leadoff home run for the second time in as many games. The super weird part? He achieved the same feat, literally a year ago, on the same two dates.
In 2019, Tatis hit back-to-back home runs on August 7 and 8. Yesterday and Friday, he did the same thing...on August 7 and 8 of 2020. I don’t have many words to explain just how crazy that is to read. He’s nothing if not for consistent.
Fernando Tatis Jr.— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 9, 2020
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In truly unfortunate fashion, the unnatural batting occurrence was simply not enough in a 3-2 loss to the Diamondbacks at Petco Park.
It was a dismal performance otherwise for the Friars’ bats as no other damage could be mustered on the night. Four other players registered a single hit on the evening but neither opportunity could be capitalized upon.
Chris Paddack recorded his first loss of the season after surrendering three runs before being pulled early in the fifth. He struck out out six and finished with an ERA of 3.18.
The D-backs’ Merrill Kelly was your winning pitcher after he went an even six innings, allowing the lone run by Tatis and K-ing four. Archie Bradley earned the save.
Arizona was led C Stephen Vogt and CF Starling Marte on offense as they combined for two home runs, three RBIs, and three runs scored.
Today’s game is an earlier start with the first pitch scheduled for 1:10pm PT. Madison Bumgarner (0-2) is on the mound for the Diamondbacks while Dinelson Lamet (1-0) is the guy for San Diego.