ST. LOUIS -- Manny Machado shouted at Fernando Tatis Jr., his All-Star teammate, in the dugout during Saturday's fifth inning of San Diego Padres' critical game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Tatis was ejected by Machado, who cursed and shouted at him. Tatis hit out looking in the fifth. Tatis was furious at Phil Cuzzi's call and Jayce Tingler, Tatis' manager, was dismissed when he tried to argue.
Tingler stated, "It's never viewed negatively." We are a family. We don't want to talk about the details but we care. There is passion. There is also frustration. These are all natural emotions, and they happen."
After Fernando Tatis Jr. struck out looking in the fifth innings of Saturday's loss, Manny Machado shouted at Fernando Tatis Jr. Photo by Jeff Curry/Getty Images
After the strikeout, Tatis slammed the helmet in the dugout. Machado started to give Tatis an earful. During the incident at the end the fifth, Machado, 29, and Tatis (22), were separated by their teammates. They managed to get back to their positions, Tatis at the short end and Machado at third.
San Diego lost 3-2 after losing a two-run lead at the eighth inning. They are now 2 games behind Cardinals for the second and last NL wild card.
The Padres were expected to compete with the Dodgers for the NL West crown. However, they have gone 23-32 in halftime as Los Angeles and San Francisco have taken the lead in the division race.
Tingler stated, "I believe that any time stakes rise and everyone knows what's at stake it can happen," Tingler added. We can have disagreements but we love one another, we play for one another, we care about each other and so it is possible to have strong emotions on both ends. "I can't predict the future.