How Juan Soto fared in his San Diego Padres debut

How Juan Soto Fared in His Padres Debut originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
Juan Soto drew the most attention Wednesday night in his first game as the San Diego padre, but it was another brand new padre who found the most success.
After completing his first at-bat in San Diego, Soto hit with a base-full walk three batters later.
Next up was Brandon Drury, also playing his first game in San Diego, and the Padres' designated hitter sent the Petco Park crowd into a frenzy with a grand slam in his first at-bat with his new team. Drury's 402-foot grand slam to left field gave the Padres a 5-0 lead in the first inning over the Colorado Rockies.
Drury made homer history with his deep drive, becoming the first Padre ever to hit a grand slam on his first at-bat with the team. Drury was traded Tuesday from Cincinnati to San Diego in a deal separate from Soto's mega trade with Washington.
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In the fifth inning, Manny Machado added to the Padres' power surge with his 19th homer of the season when Rockies pitcher Chad Kuhl put a belt-high pitch right down the middle. The 389-foot homer gave the Padres a 7-1 lead.
Two batters later, Jake Cronenworth made it 9-1 with a two-run homer to the right. For Cronenworth, it was his 11th homer of the season.
Josh Bell, who came over from Washington in the Soto trade, also made his padre debut. Bell started at first base and scored two carries, hitting base on walks both times.
One beneficiary of the Padres' offensive outburst was starting pitcher Blake Snell. The Padres left-hander pitched six innings, allowed just one run and beat out nine Colorado batters to earn his fourth win of the season. Snell has allowed a run or fewer in five of his last six starts.
Soto's final stat for his San Diego debut was 1-for-3 (a line drive single in the eighth inning) with two walks, a run scored and much cheering and standing ovations from the home crowd.
Soto started his day at Petco Park more than six hours before his first shot, arriving in the locker room to meet his new teammates before joining the media for his inaugural press conference.
When asked about a Padres super lineup from Fernando Tatis Jr, Machado and himself, Soto said: "It's going to be really exciting, it's going to be difficult to come through. I wish the other pitchers the best of luck.”
The Padres will get their sixth straight win and a five-game streak from Colorado on Thursday when the teams play at 4:10 p.m. ET game.
This story originally appeared on NBC San Diego.
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