Juan Soto told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he wishes “good luck to the other pitchers” that have to face San Diego. Those new-look Padres backed up his words Wednesday night a 9-1 beatdown of the Colorado Rockies.
In his first at-bat as a Padre, Soto walked and then later scored on a hit-by-pitch. The next batter, fellow newcomer Brandon Drury, cleared the bases with a grand slam on his very first pitch.
Soto later tallied his first hit as a Padre in the 8th inning on a two-out single. He reached base three times in the game.
Drury was traded over from Cincinnati at the deadline and became the first player in Padres history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat with the team.
— San Diego Padres (@Padres) August 4, 2022
Josh Bell, who joined from Washington in the Soto deal, got in the on the scoring action himself, crossing the plate first on Drury’s grand slam and then again on a 5th inning home run from Jake Croneworth.
Soto, who led MLB in walks in 2021 and is leading the league again in the stat this season, drew two walks on the evening, furthering his league-leading total to 93.
San Diego pitcher Blake Snell picked up the victory in the contest. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner tossed six innings of one-run ball, allowing four hits and striking out nine.
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