The fans in attendance for the Padres-Diamondbacks game got re-introduced to “Slam Diego” on Tuesday afternoon when Fernando Tatis (who else) cranked a bomb over the left field fence with the bases loaded to help put away Arizona 7-2 for the team’s first win of spring training.
The crack of Tatis’ bat, coupled with the beautiful weather and the view of the bases loaded, was something you just have to see. It was like someone took all of the “Slam Diego” hype from a season ago, put it in a shot, and injected it straight into our veins.
Oliver Twist voice* “Please sir....can we have some more?”
Check out these two videos taken from some fans who were in attendance.
Death, taxes and Caleb Smith getting yammered on a pitch right down the middle pic.twitter.com/DBxe71cPxU— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) March 2, 2021
Tatis’ hit brought home Austin Nola, Trent Grisham, and Juan Fernandez, breaking open the game with a score of 6-2.
The Padres were the first team on the board thanks to Manny Machado flying one out deep into left field. Grisham was able to steal home while Tatis stole second. The 22-year old phenom went 2-for-2 at the plate with four RBIs while Grisham scored two runs but recorded no hits.
In the bottom of the first, Ketel Marte put the D-Backs with a base hit, scoring Nick Ahmed from third. After Tatis’ grand slam, Arizona added one more run from a Wyatt Mathisen single and the Padres notched one final run in the top of the eighth thanks to top prospect CJ Abrams scoring on a Nick Tanielu pop fly.
The Padres (1-2) will host the Brewers (2-1) tomorrow at 12:10 p.m.