SAN DIEGO – Fernando Tatis Jr. and Wil Myers each hit two home runs to earn their entry pass to a select club that includes Babe Rith and Lou Gehrig.
With the home runs they hit to help the San Diego Padres force the third and final game of the series after beating the St. Louis Cardinals 11-9, Tatis J. and Myers became the second pair of teammates with multiple home runs. in the same game.
Ruth and Gehrig accomplished the feat with the New York Yankees in Game 3 of the 1932 World Series. One of those homers was the famous homer that Ruth called before starting his turn at bat.
Tatis Jr. and Myers weren’t the only ones adding power to the Padres’ offensive explosion. Manny Machado also blew the wall to make San Diego the first team to hit five homers starting in the sixth inning.
Tatis, 21, a NL MVP contender alongside Machado, woke up after battling in the batter’s box with runners on the bases in the final two weeks of the regular season.
After striking out with the bases loaded in the fourth inning, Tatis homered in consecutive innings and drove in five runs. His father played with the Cardinals for three of the 11 seasons he spent in the major leagues.
Myers opened the seventh inning with a home run that put the Padres ahead on the board off Daniel Ponce de Leon’s pitch, who took the loss for St. Louis, and in the eighth he hit another with one on board.
The victory is the first for the Padres in the Playoffs at Petco Park, which opened in 2004. The first four losses were to St. Louis, which eliminated San Diego in the Division Series in 2005 and 2006, the last year that the ninth. Frontier had made it to the postseason, just as in 1996, when the Padres played at Jack Murphy Stadium.
Game 3 between the Cardinals and Padres is scheduled for Friday and the game will put both pitching staff to the test after both clubs combined to use 17 pitchers on Thursday.
Tatis hit a two-run homer with two outs in the sixth inning and Machado followed with a home run that tied the score.
It is the second time the Padres have hit consecutive home runs in the playoffs. The first was when Greg Vaughn and Tony Gwynn blew the wall off San Diego native David Wells in the fifth inning of Game 1 of the 1998 World Series at Yankee Stadium. New York won the title in four games.