The Dodgers will enter the All-Star break with a sour taste in their mouths thanks Fernando Tatis Jr. and the Padres. On Sunday afternoon, the Dodgers were trying to get a split of the series but Tatis hit 2 homers and drove in 4 runs and the Dodgers couldn’t muster up a comeback as they fell to the Padres 5-3.
We’ve known that Tatis is a good player, but I don’t think Dodger fans expected him to play like this. At least not yet. But the Dodgers and all their fans quickly found out just how good he is.
Ross Stripling was on the mound in the first inning with Tatis leading off when he crushed a low fastball and hit it well over the center-field wall for a leadoff homer.
Later, in the 5th inning, with two men aboard, Pedro Báez threw Tatis a meatball right down the middle. For the second time in the game, Tatis crushed a homer. This one gave the Padres a 5-1 lead.
“Tatis showed how good he is and what competing against him for the next six years is going to look like,” said Stripling.
Despite this skid right before the All-Star break, the Dodgers aren’t concerned.
“Obviously, losing three in a row going into the All-Star break kind of stinks, especially at home,” said Stripling. “We’ll be ready to roll coming out of the All-Star break.”
“We’ll be ready for the Red Sox,” said Dave Roberts. “No gather or message to the team to rally the troops. We know what to do.”
Joc Pederson will compete in the home run derby on Monday night at 5 pm. Pederson, with 20 homers will go up against Alex Bregman (23 homers) of the Houston Astros in the first round.