Fernando Tatis Jr. grand slam irks Texas Rangers in San Diego Padres' 14-4 victory

Posted at 9:33 AM, Aug 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-18 12:33:34-04

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Fernando Tatis Jr. homered twice, including a grand slam for his major league-leading 11th of the season, and the San Diego Padres routed the Texas Rangers 14-4 to stop a five-game losing streak.

Tatis had a career-high seven RBIs, and the 21-year-old's first career slam pushed him past Mike Trout, who started the night with 10 homers.

However, Tatis’ home run in the top of the eighth inning drew the ire of Rangers manager Chris Woodward. Already leading 10-3, Tatis stepped to the plate with the bases loaded and worked the count to 3-0. The shortstop crushed the next pitch to right field for his first career grand slam.

According to Padres beat writer AJ Cassavell, Woodward said after the game: “There's a lot of unwritten rules that are constantly being challenged in today's game. I didn't like it, personally. You're up by seven in the eighth inning; it's typically not a good time to swing 3-0. It's kind of the way we were all raised in the game. But, like I said, the norms are being challenged on a daily basis, so -- just because I don't like it doesn't mean it's not right.”

In response, Padres starter Zach Davies told Cassavell: “Make sure your 3-0 pitch is a little bit better.”

Former Rangers top prospect Jurickson Profar took part in the Padres’ scoring spree with a two-run double in a five-run second inning.

Jordan Lyles, a former Padre, took the loss. He has an 8.35 ERA in four Texas starts.