‘Electric’ Petco Crowd Welcomes Soto, but Drury Leaves Bigger Mark As Padres Slam Rockies 9-1

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Brandon Drury, in his Padre debut Wednesday, made an even bigger first impression than Juan Soto, the man everyone was there to see. Photo: Screenshot, Bally Sports San Diego

Sure, Juan Soto walked on four pitches in his first at-bat as a Padre Wednesday and started a one-out, first-inning rally. But the newcomer who gave the already amped up Petco Park crowd a thrill – that would be Brandon Drury.

The former Cincinnati Red hit a grand slam in his first appearance as a Friar to stake the team to a five-run lead that Padres They never let up as they took their fourth straight from the Colorado Rockies, 9-1.

The packed house at Petco, already gearing up to see Soto, was quickly rewarded.

Soto’s walk was preceded by a double by Manny Machado and a walk to the other new Padre acquired in the Washington Nationals trade, Josh Bell. The highly sought after outfielder also scored his first run in his new uniform after Rockies starter Chad Kuhl hit Jake Cronenworth on the leg.

That set up Drury’s at-bat, in which he rushed the first pitch, sending it into left field for his second career grand slam. The Padres added two more home runs, both in the fifth, a solo shot by Machado and a two-run blast by Cronenworth.

Soto played right field and batted second in the Padres’ revamped lineup, while Bell played first base and took the cleanup spot and Drury, the DH, settled into the six-hole. Overall on their debut:

  • Soto went 1-for-3, with two walks and a run scored. His first Padre hit, a single, came with two outs in the eighth.
  • Bell went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored.
  • Drury went 1-for-3, with the decisive first big hit.

Blake Snell was the benefactor of the revamped Padre offense as he improved to 4-5 after six innings, striking out nine and giving up one run.

Manager Bob Melvin called Wednesday’s atmosphere at Petco “electric,” but the team has been feeling it since the day before, when news of the Soto signing broke.

“We knew this was coming, so it started yesterday, but today it took a different level,” he said.

Soto, after days of feverish speculation about where he would end up, kept it simple in a pre-fight press conference, saying “I’m more than excited to join a winning team and be a part of it.”

The Padres face the Rockies once again on Thursday, attempting a rare five-game sweep with Joe Musgrove on the mound, before heading to Los Angeles for what has suddenly become a much more interesting series.

Sean Manaea, Mike Clevinger and Yu Darvish are slated to start against the NL-West leaders.

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