San Diego Padres superstar Fernando Tatís Jr. continues to amaze.
With two outs in the bottom of the ninth and the Padres trailing the Houston Astros 6-3 on Sunday, Tatís sent a baseball to the train tracks at Minute Maid Park for a game-tying three-run dinger. The home run had an estimated distance of 448 feet, with a 114.9 mph exit velocity.
Here it is, featuring a great call from Padres play-by-play man Don Orsillo:
🚨 EL NIÑO TIES THE GAME IN THE TOP OF THE NINTH WITH A 3-RUN HR 🚨 pic.twitter.com/YRLMGrMqch
— MLB (@MLB) May 29, 2021
FERNANDO TATIS JR.
TO TIE THE GAME WITH 2 OUTS IN THE 9TH pic.twitter.com/ertKDLslCj
— Sarah Langs (@SlangsOnSports) May 29, 2021
One inning earlier, Tatís got out of the way of a pitch headed right towards his knees, and did so with flexibility and movement that shouldn’t be humanly possible.
Tatís moved his legs in crazy fashion before finishing with the splits. It drew a Michael Jackson-esque “hee hee!” from Padres color commentator Mark Grant.
Fernando Tatis Jr. doing a split to avoid getting hit. pic.twitter.com/gpQ2RvetEY
— Justin Groc (@jgroc) May 29, 2021
Only Tatís Jr. can avoid a HBP like this pic.twitter.com/ZYvpFHiNGr
— Emily Nyman (@EmSheDoesIt) May 29, 2021
The Padres took advantage of the new life supplied by Tatís’ home run and won 11-8 in the 12th inning.