Fernando Tatis Jr. passed another milestone last night, becoming the fifth-fastest player to reach the mark as he sent his 50th home run over the right field wall en route to helping his team put a whopping 16 runs on the Mariners inside Petco Park on Friday night. Some may see the final score of 16-1 and think it was a bit of an overkill, but not this team. Unwritten rules be damned.
Tatis finished two-of-four at the plate with four RBIs, two runs scored, and a walk. Trent Grisham and Jake Cronenworth each joined him in going yard, as well. Grisham went two-of-two with the solo shot while Cron finished three-of-five with a career-high five runs driven in. Both of the latter are no back over .300 on the year at .301 and .314, respectively.
Both Eric Hosmer and Tommy Pham recorded two RBIs, as well in what was a complete team effort all the way around.
Starter Chris Paddack put together another solid performance and truly seems to be finding his groove in this rotation. He got the win over Seattle after pitching six innings and striking out just as many while allowing just three hits and one lone run with two walks. Tim Hill and Miguel Diaz combined to pitch the final three innings and combined for five strikeouts and one hit allowed.
Seattle actually scored their lone run of the game in the opening inning when shortstop Kyle Seager singled over second base to bring home right fielder Mitch Haniger.
From there, it was literally non-stop Padres.
Through the first two innings, San Diego scored eight total runs. Later in the fifth, they scored four more before tacking on three and one in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively.
Last night’s victory officially gave the Friars a share of the division lead alongside the Giants (28-17). Their 16 runs scored also gave them a +66 run differential, which now tops the NL West and stands as the second best in the majors behind the White Sox (+72).
Game two is tonight at 5:40 p.m. Ryan Weathers (2-1, 1.37 ERA) will get the start against Justus Sheffield (3-3, 4.62 ERA).