Fernando Tatis Jr. returned to the field in spectacular fashion on Wednesday afternoon by going a perfect four-for-four at the plate, including a 415-foot homer in the fourth inning to kickstart the scoring on the day for San Diego. Joe Musgrove also struckout a whopping 11 batters in another masterful, two-hit performance to help the Padres clinch their second-straight sweep of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Rockies.
Tatis’ was joined by Jake Cronenworth who hit his own home run against Colorado, but his was an incredible inside-the-park homer that benefitted from a massive bounce off the right field wall. Cron was visibly surprised when he was given the green light to head home and he even managed to cross home plate without having to slide.
Craig Stammen struck out three in his lone inning of work and Mark Melancon added another save to his league-leading total.
The win on Wednesday afternoon brought the Padres to 10 games above .500 for the first time this season and increased their win streak to six games. Their 27 wins are now even with the Giants but the Friars remain half of a game back in second place in the division. The Dodgers are a close third behind the Padres by 1.5 games.
Today is an off day for the Padres who get a much-deserved day of rest before they host the Mariners (21-23, 3rd in AL West) in a three-game series. Opening pitch for game one is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. Friday night.