Juan Soto’s debut could not have gone better for the Padres

SAN DIEGO — The sellout crowd got here to cheer Juan Soto in his first recreation with the San Diego Padres. It went bonkers when Brandon Drury hit a grand slam on the first pitch he noticed along with his new group.

Feeding off the vitality of Soto and the crowd, the new-look Padres routed the Colorado Rockies 9-1 on an electrical Wednesday night time at Petco Park.

The crowd of 44,652 was animated even earlier than the recreation began, and gave Soto a standing ovation as he ran out to his place in proper discipline in the first inning, after which once more when he got here to the plate in the backside of the inning. He drew a stroll to start out a five-run rally that was capped with Drury’s grand slam.

“It feels very cool. It brings a number of feelings for me,” mentioned Soto, the 23-year-old generational expertise whose acquisition together with Josh Bell in a blockbuster commerce with Washington gave a jolt to each the group and the metropolis. “It feels superb how they cheered for me. They gave us the vitality to go on the market and play arduous.”

Before the recreation, Soto, considered one of the recreation’s finest younger hitters, mentioned he was completely happy Bell was included in the commerce. The two have been flown to San Diego on a personal jet Tuesday night time.

“For me, I by no means realized I used to be going to be traded collectively. I used to be pondering most likely on my own,” Soto mentioned. “When I noticed I used to be coming with Josh, we have an amazing relationship and I used to be extra excited and extra pumped as a result of he is coming and I do know what sort of man he’s and what he brings to the desk. I’m greater than excited to share one other clubhouse with him.”

Manny Machado, who has carried the Padres most of the season, homered main off the fifth and completed a triple in need of the cycle in San Diego’s fifth straight win. Jake Cronenworth had a two-run shot. The huge beneficiary was left-hander Blake Snell (4-5), who struck out 9 in six innings and received his third straight begin.

The Padres unveiled their new-look lineup with Soto batting second and Bell hitting cleanup a day after they have been acquired Tuesday in considered one of the greatest deadline offers ever. Drury was additionally obtained on Tuesday, from Cincinnati, and put a cost into the already festive ambiance with a grand slam off Chad Kuhl with one out in the first

Soto walked, Machado doubled and Bell walked to load the bases earlier than Cronenworth was hit by a pitch to usher in Soto. Drury then drove the first pitch he noticed from Kuhl into the seats in left-center and the followers went nuts. It was his second profession grand slam and twenty first homer this season.

Juan Soto hits a single throughout the Padres’ 9-1 win over the Rockies.
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“I used to be simply operating on adrenaline,” Drury mentioned. “The followers have been unbelievable tonight. First at-bat, bases loaded, I used to be simply operating on pure adrenaline. Really excited to be right here. It was fairly particular for me.”

Drury mentioned he went out to stretch 25 minutes earlier than the recreation and the followers have been simply going nuts. I used to be on the market warming up and I used to be simply pumped up, able to go. It was undoubtedly a tremendous day.”

During the pre-game hitters’ assembly, Melvin informed the gamers, “It’s going to be like this. It actually has been all yr. When you herald guys like this, it takes it to a special stage. We simply wished to allow them to know that that is going to be fairly cool.

Juan Soto shares a laugh with new teammate Nomar Mazara during the Padres' win.
Juan Soto shares fun with new teammate Nomar Mazara throughout the Padres’ win.
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“Before we even took the discipline it was,” Melvin mentioned “It appeared like the place was packed even earlier than the recreation began. It was uncommon.”

Soto singled, walked twice, scored as soon as and grounded out twice. Bell had two walks and scored twice.

Melvin mentioned Soto “appears to convey some vitality. You see him backing up first base on floor balls; there’s only a lot he brings to the desk. Obviously on base, what he does swinging the bat. The followers appeared to embrace in a short time. He’s simply a type of guys who has a number of vitality round him and I believe all people felt that right now.”

Soto is beneath contract for two seasons past this yr and mentioned he is not serious about something after that.

“I’m simply serious about profitable,” he mentioned earlier than the recreation. “I’m simply coming to this clubhouse to convey the vitality that I have, all the good vibes that I have to convey right here, to win.”

As for Snell, he had a 3rd straight robust begin. He held the Rockies to at least one run and 4 hits in six innings, with no walks. His 4 wins this season have are available in his final 5 begins. After receiving simply 15 runs of assist in his first 11 begins, he has acquired 19 runs of assist in his final two begins.

Kuhl (6-7) allowed 9 runs and eight hits in 5 innings, struck out 4 and walked three.

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