San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a monster home run and capped it with an epic bat flip against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday ni
San Diego Padres star Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a monster home run and capped it with an epic bat flip against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night.
Tatis hit the two-run home run off of Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling in the bottom of the fifth inning while trailing by four runs. According to MLB.com, the 21-year-old shortstop’s long ball had an exit velocity of 112.1 mph and went 430 feet at Petco Park. It was his fourth home run of the season.
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“There were coaches that have been around the game a long time, and they were quietly asking if they’ve seen a ball come off the bat like that,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said after the game.
Tatis finished 2-for-4 with the home run and a walk. He is hitting .294 with a .647 OPS through the first 13 games of the season.
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“I’m just looking to my boys, hoping they can get a little bit pumped up, just so they know we can do it,” he said, alluding to his teammates.
Tatis added: “There was no disrespect out there. I never looked at the pitcher, never looked at them. I was just staring at my boys, trying to pump them up a little bit more. I don’t see no disrespect in that. I just try and enjoy my game.”
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The Padres came up short, losing 7-6 to the Dodgers.