Tuesday night was another rough instance of the playoffs slipping through the hands of San Diego. Wednesday night was an example of how well they can perform with their back against the wall. Neither games, however, were enough to win. Although the final scores this week were not favorable, Fernando Tatis Jr. hit his 40th home run for the season on Wednesday. He is only the fifth player in franchise history to do so. Much like their performance this season, they played great baseball but slipped in the last half. Even though the spirit from their losing streak is low, there may be hope for them after all.
Tatis Jr. / Machado Fight
Over the course of these losses, tensions have been significantly rising for the San Diego Padres.
Following the clip of Machado screaming, “I don’t care. Go play baseball!” in Tatis Jr’s face, followers of baseball have been waiting for an explanation. Padres fan or not, these are two household names in the realm of the sport. Tatis Jr. is leading in total home runs this season in the National League and has a very real chance of being titled MVP if the Padres make the playoffs. Machado is wildly recognized as a major team leader and puts up impressive, not to mention consistent, stats game after game. We finally got to hear on Tuesday what resulted in that dugout fight.
For those who aren’t up to date with what happened in the dugout:
Machado and Tatis Jr. finally addressed their altercation this Tuesday before the first game against the Giants during this home series. To summarize, he reflected on how the Padres remain a solid family and that sometimes, families fight.
Of course, the players are going to be pent up after being within arm’s reach of victory for so many games in a row. They got swept by the Dodgers and the Cardinals on arguably the most important trip of this season. The only glory they had was defeating the Giants in 2 games, finishing their 10-game trip record at 2-8.
Machado apologized to his fans for the heated manner that he set Tatis Jr. straight. Tatis Jr. was present during the entire interview and chimed in with his own perspective. “At the end of the day [we’re] glad that it happened,” Tatis Jr. explained, “I feel like it just makes us stronger…It’s huge for the team and we’re in a really great spot.”
Even though they lost to the Giants in the first two games of this home series, they showed the amount of team spirit and talent that we’ve grown accustomed to. Wil Myers made an amazing catch to halt a go-ahead home run on Tuesday. Machado hit two home runs followed by Tatis’s 40th the next day. Of course, they could have performed stronger during the final innings but they showed no signs of giving up any time soon.
It’s not impossible, although pretty unlikely, that they catch up to the Cardinals and win that last wild card position. Will they use this positive team spirit to push through the Cardinals? We’ll have to watch through to the rest of the week.
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