Padres top Diamondbacks behind strong pitching, Tatis slam

The Padres beat the Diamondbacks 7-2 at Salt River Fields.

Batter’s box: Fernando Tatis Jr. blasted a 441-foot grand slam to the grassy hill beyond left field in a five-run second-inning. Tatis also singled in his first at-bat and walked his final time up. … Trent Grisham scored the Padres’ first run on a delayed steal of home. He sprinted to the plate when Diamondbacks catcher Daulton Varsho threw to second in a failed attempt to get Tatis stealing. … Austin Nola drove in Jake Cronenworth with his second double of the spring. … Shortstop CJ Abrams, the team’s top position prospect, crushed a fly ball to the deepest part of the field in right-center and sprinted around the bases for a stand-up triple. He scored on Nick Tanielu’s sacrifice fly.

Balls and strikes: Left-hander Ryan Weathers, the organization’s fifth-ranked prospect, started and allowed a run on two hits and a walk in his two innings. He got his final two outs with strikeouts. … Michel Báez also allowed a run in his two innings, fairly minimal damage considering the three hits and three walks he yielded. … Miguel Díaz, who in 2018 struck out 30 batters in 18 2/3 innings but hasn’t pitched in the majors since due to knee injuries, struck out two of the three batters he faced in the seventh inning and allowed a single in a scoreless eighth. … Lefty Aaron Leasher, the Padres’ sixth-round…

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