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