On Friday night, Fernando Tatis Jr. recorded a pair of home runs against the Dodgers to en route to helping San Diego take down Los Angeles 6-1 for the second-time in as many nights, earning them at least a split of the four-game series.
The coolest part, however? Tatis achieved this feat exactly 22 years to the day that his father hit a pair of grand slams in the same inning, which also happened to occur inside of Dodgers Stadium.
Sometimes, life is unbelievable.
Follow Fernando's lead. #PadresWin #HungryForMore pic.twitter.com/6EqL8tOwGw— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 24, 2021
Los Angeles originally took an early 1-0 lead in the first with a Max Muncy RBI but then it was all Padres from there on out.
Wil Myers took Clayton Kershaw over the left field fence in the top of the second to knot things up and Tatis followed that up with his first homer of the night an inning later for the team’s initial lead of the game that they’d never relinquish.
In the ninth, the Padres stacked on three more runs thanks to another RBI single by Tatis some well-placed hits by Tommy Pham and Jurickson Profar.
The marquee pitching matchup between Yu Darvish and Kershaw didn’t live up to their last billing, but that’s just fine for the Friar Faithful that saw Darvish come out on top this time around. He finished with a game-high nine strikeouts and one run allowed compared to Kershaw’s seven and three. Darvish completed seven innings before Drew Pomeranz and Nick Ramirez capped off the final two periods, each recording a lone strikeout.
Fernando @tatis_jr is something special.#HungryForMore pic.twitter.com/ubJGLB88yV— San Diego Padres (@Padres) April 24, 2021
Game three of this series is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. tonight with another notable pitching matchup between Blake Snell (0-0, 4.11 ERA) and Trevor Bauer (2-0, 2.42 ERA).