Pair those guys with Manny Machado, Yu Darvish, Joe Musgrove, and Fernando Tatis Jr. (once he returns), and the Padres boast an electrifying roster.
Wednesday night was the debut of the new-look offense, and it went exceptionally well across the board. The new trio made history, becoming the first MLB team since 1900 to have three midseason acquisitions all reach base safely multiple times in their team debut (h/t ESPN Stats & Info and Elias Sports).
Soto walked twice and singled, Bell walked twice and scored two runs, and Drury broke the game wide-open with a first-inning grand slam on the first pitch he saw as a Padre.
On the very first pitch he sees as a Padre, Brandon Drury welcomes himself to SLAM DIEGO! pic.twitter.com/F9mPMfICUK
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) August 4, 2022
Drury was hit by a pitch later, giving him another trip to the bases. So, all in all, it was a successful day for San Diego as they cruised to a 9-1 victory at Petco Park.
Things are looking much different in downtown San Diego these days, and we can only imagine the fanfare Petco Park will receive once Tatis returns. Let’s see if this begins a turnaround from the Padres.