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Sports Fernando Tatis Jr. breaks out, Padres tee off with five homers to force decisive Game 3 vs. Cardinals

10:16  02 october  2020
10:16  02 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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In a must-win Game 2 against the Cardinals , baseball’s most exciting player showed exactly what he is capable of. Through the first 14 1/2 innings of the Padres ’ first-round playoff series against St. Louis, Fernando Tatis Jr . was having a somewhat disappointing postseason debut.

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SAN DIEGO — It’s nearly two hours after the game Thursday, and even though the stands are empty at Petco Park, the city streets of San Diego are jumping – cars honking, horns tooting, and shouts of elation reverberating from the Gaslamp Quarter.

a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., right, celebrates with third baseman Manny Machado after his three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 2 of their wild card series against the Cardinals. © Orlando Ramirez, USA TODAY Sports Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr., right, celebrates with third baseman Manny Machado after his three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning in Game 2 of their wild card series against the Cardinals.

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The San Diego Padres fans, who spent the last two days watching their team fade quietly into the winter, witnessed the most incredible bolt of lightning they’ve ever seen, shaking the city like a tremor.

It was Fernando Tatis Jr.. And then it was Manny Machado. And then it was Wil Myers. And then it was Tatis again. And then it was Myers again.

Three-run homer. Solo home run. Solo home run. Two-run home run. Two-run home run.

It was perhaps the most pulsating, electrifying, exhilarating moment of time in the 16-year history of the ballpark.

“I feel like we’re back,’’ Tatis said. “We’re back to Slam Diego.’’

Forget Slam Diego, with no grand slams on this night.

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Fernando Tatis Jr . did exactly that Monday night with the bizarre scene making baseball purists go CRAZY over the 21-year-old!! Padres manager Jayce Tingler says he instructed Tatis Jr . to take the next pitch and to NOT run up the score but the shortstop says he missed the sign from coach, and

Fernando Tatis Jr . hit two home runs, and Joey Lucchesi pitched into the seventh inning as the San Diego Padres Manuel Margot also homered for the Padres , who lost the opener of the four- game series on Thursday The Dodgers are just the 15th team in history to win 60 games before the break .

This was a Five Guys Burger, Home Run style.

It was the greatest power show in Padres’ playoff history, five home runs coming in a span of 15 batters, turning a 6-2 deficit into an 11-9 victory.

The Padres and St. Louis Cardinals will play the deciding Game 3 Friday (7 p.m. ET) for the right to advance to the National League Division Series. A win would mark the Padres' first series victory since 1998.

Of course, no Padres’ team until a year ago ever had Machado, Tatis and Myers in the same lineup.

You know you’re doing some special things when you’re doing something achieved by a couple of fellas named Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.

Yep, Tatis and Myers became the first teammates to each hit two homers in a postseason game since Ruth and Gehrig in the 1932 World Series.

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There’s no footage available to know if Babe or Lou did any bat-flips, but those flips by Machado in the sixth inning and Tatis in the seventh will live in San Diego history.

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“That’s pretty cool to be in that category with those names, they are great players,’’ Myers said, “and so is Fernando.’’

Well, it’s a little early to put Tatis into Cooperstown, but my God, there is no one more electrifying in the game.

He resuscitated the Padres with one swing of the bat in that sixth inning, opening the door for the home run assault.

Tatis had done little this series to that point, leaving 10 runners on base and striking out on three pitches with the bases loaded in the fourth inning.

Along came the sixth, and sweet redemption. Tatis stepped to the plate with two runners on, one out, and Cardinals reliever Giovanny Gallegos summoned to face him.

Ball 1. Foul. Ball 2. Foul. Gallegos then came back and threw his fifth consecutive slider. Tatis sent it into the left-field seats for a 3-run homer, and the Padres narrowed the deficit to 6-5.

“I feel like we needed that big swing to get the team going,’’ Tatis said. “I felt like whoever did it first, we were going to feed off that. Thank God I did it first.’’

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WASHINGTON — Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr . left Sunday’s game against the Nationals Tatis was unable to keep his foot on the bag on the play. He moved around gingerly while umpires Tatis entered the year as one of the top prospects in baseball and is hitting .300 with six homers and

Machado was next and, after battling Gallegos for seven pitches, drilled a 95-mph fastball towards the left-field fence. Machado stood at the plate. Watched. Took a couple of steps. Saw it fly over the fence. Took three, four, five steps, and flipped the bat high into the sky.

Tie game.

Bedlam.

The Padres, who hit the fourth-most homers in the major leagues, were just getting started. Myers led off the seventh inning with a homer. And four batters later, there was Tatis again, hitting a homer to the opposite field. He became the third-youngest player in postseason history to hit two homers in a game behind only Carlos Correa of the 2015 Houston Astros and Andruw Jones of the 1996 Atlanta Braves.

This time, he decided to do a different version of the bat flip, not high into the air, but flinging it towards the Padres’ dugout, letting his teammates know it’s time to go.

He called it the second-best moment of his career, behind just a game-winning homer for Estrellas in the winter league, in a game managed by his father.

“I just wanted to keep motivating my teammates,’’ Tatis said, “let them know to keep going. …I believe in momentum. We’re back.’’

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The Padres, who are without their top two starters this series, Mike Clevinger and Dinelson Lamet, have no idea who will start Friday. Padres manager Jayce Tingler said they were going to have staff meetings long into the night.

But, hey, with the euphoria they were feeling this night, it was the least of their worries.

“We’re doing a good job making our own juice, our own energy,’’ Tingler said. “I’m not shocked. I’m not surprised. I’m just very proud.’’

The only regret in all of this, Machado says, that the fans aren’t here to witness it in person. If they had been, you might have heard them screaming all the way to L.A., knowing that the winner of this series will face the powerful Dodgers in the NL Division Series.

You think these guys miss the fans?

“You have no idea how bad,’’ Machado said. “You have no idea. They’ve been waiting for it so long.

“I had a couple guys tell me when they’re on third base, telling me, 'This city would be rowdy if the fans were able to be in the stands.' For them to see the San Diego Padres in the postseason, with them in here, it would’ve been incredible.’’

No matter, judging by the jubilation outside the stadium late into the evening, they didn’t miss a thing.

“We know how excited people are here,’’ Padres closer Trevor Rosenthal said. “You can hear them outside. This is what it’s all about.’’

In the famous words of late Cardinals broadcaster Jack Buck: “We’ll see you tomorrow night.’’

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