San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr. (24) didn’t let his talents go to waste.
Tatis Jr. started in right field against the Tampa Bay Rays at Petco Park in San Diego, California, USA, on April 19 and went 1-for-3 with a home run and a run scored. Defensively, he made a spectacular double play to lead San Diego to a 5-4 victory.
San Diego gave up two runs in the eighth 스포츠토토 inning to cut Tampa Bay’s lead to one. With runners on first and second, Christian Betancourt singled. With two outs, Manuel Margot raced home past third base.
That’s when Tatis Jr. stepped up. After catching Betancourt’s throw, Tatis Jr. made a quick throw to first base, which was accurately thrown to catcher Austin Nola, who threw Mago out at home.
MLB.com quoted Betancourt as saying, “At some point, everyone will learn. Running in front of Tatis Jr. is usually a bad idea,” said MLB.com, highlighting Tatis Jr.’s spectacular home run.
Expected to develop into San Diego’s franchise shortstop, Tatis Jr. disappointed fans last season when he didn’t play a single game due to injury and an 80-game suspension for a banned substance. The Padres added depth at shortstop last winter with the signing of Xander Bogaerts, and Tatis Jr. moved to the outfield.
Now in the outfield, Tatis Jr. is still showing off his powerful shoulders and making impressive plays. He hit a 99.5-mile-per-hour (160.1 km/h) home run today, the second-fastest home run of the season behind his 100-mile-per-hour (160.9 km/h) outfield home run against Minnesota on May 11. It was Tatis Jr.’s seventh home run of the season.
Tatis said, “I always try to anticipate the ball coming and stay one step ahead. I just try to stay calm in the chaos. I just control what I can control and let my talent explode,” Tatis Jr. said of his defense.
Tatis Jr. has been making plays at the plate as well, batting .258 (60-for-210) with 14 home runs, 34 RBIs and a .912 OPS in 51 games.