MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
San Diego2 1 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 10181
Washington1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 4103
  W: C. Stammen (4-2)   L: P. Corbin (6-8)
4:05 PM PT5:05 PM MT6:05 PM CT7:05 PM ET19:05 ET23:05 GMT7:05 4:05 PM MST6:05 PM EST6:35 PM VEN3:05 UAE (+1)5:05 PM CT, July 17, 2021
Nationals Park, Washington, District of Columbia  Attendance: 33,232

Fresh off 24-8 win, Padres visit Nationals again

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San Diego Padres at Washington Nationals

  1. These teams last met on July 8, when San Diego won 9-8 after falling behind 8-0. The eight-run comeback was tied for the Padres' largest all-time with games from 1974 and 1970, while the blown lead was tied for the second-largest in Nats history.
  2. San Diego entered the break on a 4-7 run, with two of those four wins coming against the Nats. They lost their last two games 3-0 and 3-1 to Colorado, just the second time this season they've scored one run over a two-game span (also April 19-20 against Milwaukee).
  3. The Nationals were tied for the second-best record in the month of June, going 19-9, with a team ERA of 3.40. In July, their 2-9 record ranks 29th, and they have a team ERA of 5.96.
  4. Chris Paddack pitched 2.0 innings out of the bullpen on Sunday against Colorado, the first relief outing of his career. He allowed one run on four hits, striking out four and walking none. His last start came against the Nats, when he allowed nine runs (eight earned) in 2.0 innings.
  5. Erick Fedde allowed three runs (all earned) in 5.0 innings against the Giants in his last start. Fedde has a 0.69 ERA in the first inning, as he has allowed just one earned run. He has a 5.57 ERA in innings 2+.
  6. Fernando Tatis Jr. has hit 25.5 percent of San Diego's home runs this season (28/110). The only players with a higher share are the Angels' Shohei Ohtani (26.8%) and the Nationals' Kyle Schwarber (25.8%), who is on the IL with a hamstring strain.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 7/16/2021 thru 7/18/2021

As Nationals manager Dave Martinez says, "OK! Wipe that one away."

On Friday night, in the opener of a three-game series, the visiting San Diego Padres crushed Washington 24-8 -- opening the season's symbolic second half with the Padres' single-game record for runs.

But it was just one game. The series will resume Saturday night in a match of left-handers -- the Padres' Blake Snell (3-3, 4.99 ERA) going against the Nationals' Patrick Corbin (6-7, 5.40).

Before we delve into the pitchers, however, let's look at another matchup unique to the Padres and Nationals -- that of the Padres' once-shortstop-of-the-future against their shortstop of the now and future: Washington's Trea Turner and the Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr.

The 28-year-old Turner was the Padres' first-round draft pick in 2014 and was moving rapidly toward the major-league roster when, on Dec. 19, 2014, he was sent to Washington as part of a three-team trade that brought Wil Myers (who had two homers and seven RBIs in Friday's rout) to San Diego.

They still talk about the merits of that trade in San Diego. But there is no question which team got the better part of the June 4, 2016, deal that brought then teenager Tatis to the Padres for right-handed starting pitcher James Shields.

Turner and Tatis recently were teammates on the National League All-Star team -- Tatis Jr. as the starter and Turner worthy of being a starter.

Both have impressive numbers.

Tatis, 22, is hitting .286 with a .368 on-base percentage and leads the National League in slugging percentage (.652) and on-base plus slugging (1.020). He has 28 homers, 62 RBIs and a league-leading 21 stolen bases.

Turner is hitting .319 with a .368 on-base mark and a .520 slugging percentage for an .888 OPS. He has 17 homers, 42 RBIs and 19 steals.

"Two of the very best," Padres manager Jayce Tingler said recently when asked about Tatis and Turner. The comparison was made because Friday marked the sixth time in less than two weeks that Turner and Tatis have been on the same field -- the All-Star Game plus five Padres-Nationals meetings.

"It's very rare you can see two of the best players at the same position playing each other," Tingler said.

It will happen two more times -- Saturday and Sunday -- but they won't face one another during the regular season after that until 2022.

After five Padres-Nationals games this season, Tatis is 5-for-21 with two homers, two walks, three stolen bases, five RBIs and five runs scored, three of those coming Friday night. Turner is 8-for-21 with three homers, a stolen base, two walks, four RBIs and seven runs scored.

Turning back to the pitchers, Snell will face the Nationals for the first time this season. He was on the injured list (illness) the first time the clubs met.

"He's much stronger now," Tingler said of Snell, who was felled by a stomach ailment that has kept him sidelined for all but one outing since June 22. On July 4, he started and worked four scoreless innings against the Phillies.

Snell has made just one start against the Nationals, picking up a win. On June 25, 2018, when he was pitching for the Tampa Bay Rays, he went seven innings, allowing no runs and just one hit with four walks and 10 strikeouts in an 11-0 victory.

Corbin gained a win against the Padres on July 7, allowing two runs on seven hits and two walks with three strikeouts in six innings in San Diego.

In 21 games against the Padres, 16 as a starter, Corbin is 7-8 with a 4.23 ERA.

--Field Level Media

Updated July 17, 2021

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