Tatis HR helps Padres beat Cubs 9-8
By: Mike Stiles - Tuesday, April 9, 2024

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(SAN DIEGO) – Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a go-ahead, two-run home run with two outs in the eighth, two innings after the Padres scored seven runs, and San Diego stunned the Chicago Cubs 9-8 Monday night. On the 20th anniversary of the first Padres game at Petco Park, Tatis exuberantly celebrated the moment that fully erased an 8-0 deficit. Tatis was wearing custom cleats honoring the late Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn. Rookie Jackson Merrill was aboard on a leadoff walk from Adbert Alzolay (1-1). Tatis slammed into the wall in right field after just missing Dansby Swanson’s two-run triple in the fourth that game the Cubs and 8-0 lead. Wandy Peralta (1-0) got the win and Robert Suarez earned his fourth save. Cubs right-hander Javier Assad, who grew up across the border in Tijuana, took a two-hit shutout and an 8-0 lead into the sixth before the Padres pulled within a run in the sixth that was highlighted by two-run homers by Jake Cronenworth and Xander Bogaerts. The Padres had five hits, a walk and an error that inning. Assad allowed two runs and three hits, with seven strikeouts and three walks. Yu Darvish, who pitched for the Cubs from 2018 to 2020, threw 42 pitches in the second inning, when the Cubs scored four runs on three hits, two walks and a hit batter. Darvish twice loaded the bases as Ian Happ and Bellinger each hit a two-run single.