Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice on Sunday evening, including his first grand slam of the 2021 season (second of his career) to notch a season-high six RBIs, helping the Padres complete their third-straight sweep — including nine-straight victories at home — with a 9-2 victory over the Mariners at Petco Park.
I’m not sure what it is, but there’s something about Tatis batting cleanup that is elevating his hitting to a completely new level since returning from the IL. In his past four games, El Nino has gone 11-of-14 at the plate with four home runs and 12 RBIs. During that same span, he’s only struck out once with three walks on top of stealing a trio of bases.
Fernando Tatis Jr.'s last four games:— San Diego Padres (@Padres) May 24, 2021
> 11 for 14
> 4 home runs
> 12 RBI
> 27 total bases
> A couple bat flips
> AHHHHHHHHHHHHH pic.twitter.com/iEZuR5Xqfa
Yu Darvish pitched an even seven innings and struck out five with seven hits and one run allowed. Nabil Crismatt closed out the final two innings with four K’s, two hits, and one run allowed, as well.
In his first game back off the IL, Wil Myers drove in a run among two plate appearances. The other two RBIs for the Friars came from Victor Caratini and Ha-Seong Kim.
The Mariners got two runs from a Justin Dunn double in the second and a RBI single from Jose Godoy in the top of the ninth.
The Padres (30-17) are now in Milwaukee to begin a a four-game series against the Brewers (23-23), who are still the only team this season to record a sweep over San Diego. Game one begins at 4:40 p.m.