Certain, Juan Soto walked on 4 pitches in his first at-bat as a Padre Wednesday and began a one-out, first inning rally. However the newcomer who gave the already amped Petco Park crowd a thrill – that will be Brandon Drury.
The previous Cincinnati Crimson hit a grand slam in his first look as a Friar, staking the workforce to a five-run lead that the Padres by no means relinquished as they took their fourth straight from the Colorado Rockies, 9-1.
The complete home at Petco, already primed to see Soto, was rewarded shortly.
Soto’s stroll preceded a double by Manny Machado and a stroll to the opposite new Padre acquired within the Washington Nationals commerce, Josh Bell. The extremely wanted outfielder additionally scored his first run in his new uniform after Rockies starter Chad Kuhl hit Jake Cronenworth within the foot.
That arrange Drury’s at-bat, wherein he pounced on the primary pitch, sending it to the left area stands for his second profession grand slam. The Padres added two extra residence runs, each within the fifth, a solo shot by Machado and a two-run blast by Cronenworth.
Soto performed proper area and batted second within the revamped Padres lineup, whereas Bell performed first base and took the cleanup spot, and Drury, the DH, settled within the six-hole. Total of their debuts:
- Soto went 1-for-3, with two walks and a run. His first Padre hit, a single, got here with two out within the eighth.
- Bell went 0-for-2, with two walks and two runs scored.
- Drury went 1-for-3, with the decisive first inning huge blow.
Blake Snell was the benefactor of the revamped Padre offense, as he improved to 4-5 after going six innings, hanging out 9 and giving up one run.
Supervisor Bob Melvin referred to as Wednesday’s environment at Petco “electrical,” however the workforce’s been feeling it for the reason that day earlier than when information of the Soto acquisition broke.
“We knew this was coming, so it began yesterday, however right now it took on a special degree,” he mentioned.
Soto, after days of fevered hypothesis about the place he’d find yourself, saved it easy in a pre-game information convention, saying “I’m greater than excited to hitch a successful workforce and be a part of it.”
The Padres face the Rockies another time Thursday, making an attempt a uncommon five-game sweep with Joe Musgrove on the mound, earlier than heading to Los Angeles for what all of a sudden has turn into a much more fascinating collection.
Sean Manaea, Mike Clevinger and Yu Darvish are set to start out towards the NL-West leaders.