ECM PADRES REPORT: TATIS JR. SHINES IN RETURN, HEDGES THE HERO AS PADRES WALK OFF NATIONALS 5-4

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By Liz Alper

 

Photo: Fernando Tatis Jr. had a run and a two-run homer in his second game back from injury. Via @ on Twitter

 

June 7, 2019 (San Diego) - The Padres eeked out a game one win last night against the Nationals 5-4.  They went for a two-game series lead tonight in game two with Erick Fedde on the mound for Washington against Nick Margevicius.

Fernando Tatis Jr. made himself the center of attention in his second game back by stealing bases and coming home on a fielder’s choice by Manny Machado in the first and the Padres led 1-0 after one.

 

1-0 carried the Padres for a while until Tatis Jr. made sure everyone knew he was back once more, blasting a two-run homer over the center field wall in the sixth to put the Padres up 3-0 after six.

 

The Nationals stormed right back in the seventh with runners at the corners.  A single by Yan Gomes brought in Howie Kendrick. Trea Turner tied up the game on a looping double to center that Wil Myers couldn’t make the diving catch on, allowing two runs to score and the game was tied at three after seven.

 

The Padres continued to dig their own grave and it cost them the game.  In the ninth, Adam Warren threw a wild pitch that allowed Brian Dozier to score from third and the Nationals took the lead 4-3.

 

The game wasn’t over.  The Padres, in true Padres fashion, tied the game in the ninth on Josh Naylor's RBI. Naylor stole second and Austin Hedges was the hero, lining the ball to left to score Naylor and the Padres took a two-game series lead, walking off the Nationals 5-4 for the second time in a row.

 

Postgame notes:

 

PITCHERS:

  • The Padres recorded their second walk-off win of the season (also: Hunter Renfroe’s walk-off PH-grand slam on May 4 vs. LAD)
  • Nick Margevicius did not allow a run for the first time this season…had allowed 3+ runs in 4 consecutive starts from May 5 vs. LAD.
  • Miguel Diaz recorded his 4th career AB (last: Sept. 5, 2017).
  • Robbie Erlin has tossed back-to-back scoreless outings for the first time since May 7-May 14 (3.2 IP).
  • Adam Warren has allowed at least 1 run in 5 of his last 6 outings (9.72 ERA; 9 ER in 8.1 IP)

HITTERS:

  • Austin Hedges recorded his first career walk-off hit.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr.’s 3 hits tie his career high, set April 28 @ WSH.
  • Tatis Jr. has reached base in 6 of his 8 PA since returning from the IL yesterday.
  • Tatis Jr. stole his 7th base of the season, tying Wil Myers for the team lead.
  • Greg Garcia logged his first multi-hit game at home since May 22 vs. ARI when he went 3-for-5 (6 games).
  • Josh Naylor recorded his first career OF assist and stole his first career base in the 9th.
  • Eric Hosmer hit his first 3B since Aug. 5, 2018 @ CHC (had 2 in 2018).

 

UP NEXT

 

Game three is tomorrow night at 7:10 p.m.  Max Scherzer starts for Washington against Eric Lauer.

 

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