Tatis scored three homers and energized Petco Park as the San Diego Padres lost 11-5 to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
After leading the Padres in their eighth consecutive win, he stated that he had always longed to hit three to four home runs per game as a child. "I'm happy that I did that today," he said.
Tatis hit a Corbin Martin changeup over the left-center wall and scored a solo homer in the first. Tatis hit a solo shot on a Riley Smith curve at 80 mph in the second.
Tatis also hit against Smith in his third at-bat. He hit a 415-foot two-run homer to the center field to give the Padres an 8-5 lead.
The shortstop, who is 22 years old, had two more chances to become the 19th player with four homers in one game.
Tatis struck a sharp single in seventh inning, and then grounded out in eighth.
"They did a good job with me in the two last at-bats. They were great with me. He said that he felt like he missed one pitch and could have hit the ball out again.
This was Tatis' first ever three-homer game. J.D. was the last player to score four runs in a single game. Martinez did it for the Diamondbacks against the Dodgers on Sept. 4, 2017.
Tatis is tied for the lead in major league home runs with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. from Toronto. Guerrero has also stated that he will not participate in the All-Star Home Run Derby, which will be held at Denver’s Coors Field on June 12.
Tatis stated that he was not participating in the competition because of his left shoulder injury.
Tatis suffered a dislocation in his left shoulder during a hard hit against San Francisco. After being placed on the 10-day disabled list, Tatis returned to the field April 16 and then left Cincinnati last Saturday after he attempted to retrieve a ball from shortstop.
Tatis stated that his body is feeling better and that he was getting back on track. "I'm just having fun and playing shortstop."
Tatis is the NL's leader with 54 RBIs, and 15 stolen bases.
Tatis was also dazzling in defense against Arizona. He made a spectacular, charging, full speed grab and throw on a slow roll hit by Christian Walker for a sixth out. Tatis made a similar play to win the game with Tim Locastro's slow grounder.
It's been an incredible experience. It just makes us feel more excited to see our full potential. It gives us more energy," Tatis stated. "You can feel the fans and the energy. You want to do your best."
The Diamondbacks made history by not making it, but Tatis was close. Arizona hasn’t won on the roads in just two months. The Diamondbacks’ last win away from Chase Field was April 25, when Madison Bumgarner pitched seven no-hit innings in Atlanta.
The Diamondbacks have lost 20 out of 21 and 34 of 37 overall.
Jake Cronenworth and Tommy Pham also scored for the Padres. Nick Ramirez (1-1) won the game.
Martin (0-3) suffered the loss.
Diamondbacks: Manager Torey Lovullo said that OF Ketel Marte (left Hamstring Tightness) was available from the bench. Marte was injured while running the bases Tuesday against Milwaukee. He is expected back in the lineup this weekend. RHP J.B. Bukauskas (right ulnar strain) threw a bullpen on Thursday. He is expected soon to begin a rehab assignment.
Diamondbacks: RHP Merrill Kelly (3-7; 5.06) pitches in Saturday night's start.
Padres: RHP dinelson Lamet (2/2, 2.81) climbs the hill in game 2 of the series.