Padres trade for Soto, then rout Rockies 13-5 in Game 1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres rallied to beat the Colorado Rockies 13-5 in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Tuesday, hours after securing superstar Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals in the one of the biggest jobs in baseball history.

The trade was announced minutes before the first pitch. The crowd of 23,828 at Petco Park cheered loudly when an image of Soto and Josh Bell, also from the Nats, played on the video card early in the game.

An offense that will benefit greatly from the addition of Soto, a generational talent who is just 23, came to life after the Padres fell 3-0 behind. Jurickson Profar had a career-high five hits and two RBIs, Kim Ha-seong had a career-high four hits and two RBIs, and Jake Cronenworth added a two-run homer.

Manager Bob Melvin said he was “ecstatic” to have Soto.


“You’re talking about a top player, and you’re also looking at what Josh Bell is doing this year. They’re two big bats that will be somewhere in the middle of the order. I did a little scouting in my head what it might look like coming tomorrow.

“Man, being on this side is pretty cool,” Melvin added.

The manager said it was difficult for the Padres to lose first baseman Eric Hosmer, who refused to waive a no-trade provision that would have allowed him to be sent to Washington. Hosmer was then traded to Boston for southpaw Jay Groome.

“But you know what, this is baseball, you have to be a pro and you have to go out there and keep playing,” Melvin said. “We have some really good players that come here and everybody knows that. Once they get on the field, it’s about winning, playing hard and winning baseball games.”

Adding Soto and Bell “is going to help us a lot,” Profar said. “We are going to be an even better team.”

The Padres also got infielder Brandon Drury from Cincinnati.

“I’m excited for everyone we have, but especially Juan Soto,” Profar said. “The hitter that he is, especially being so young and the things he’s already accomplished offensively.”

San Diego stumbled early, leaving the bases loaded in the first inning when Wil Myers threw a double play. They then trailed 3-0 after Yu Darvish (10-4) allowed a two-run home run from Randal Grichuk with no out in the second and a solo shot from Brendan Rodgers leading the fourth that hit base in the batter’s eye. in center field right away. It was the 10th for both players.

San Diego tied the game in the fourth on Austin Nola’s sacrifice fly followed by Trent Grisham’s two-run homer. They took a 4-3 lead in the fifth on Kim’s third hit, an RBI single. Myers was initially called at home plate on a pitch from left fielder Connor Joe, but the Padres disputed and the call was overturned. Rockies manager Bud Black was ejected after going out and arguing with the referees.

Cronenworth had the sixth three-pointer, his 10th. The Padres added four runs in the seventh and two in the eighth.

Darvish allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings, struck out seven and walked two on walks.

Rockies starter Ryan Feltner lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing three runs and eight hits. Jake Bird (1-3) took the loss.

THE EXCHANGE

The Padres acquired Soto and Bell in exchange for rookie left-hander MacKenzie Gore, first baseman/DH Luke Voit and prospects James Wood, CJ Abrams, Robert Hassell III and Jarlin Susana.

NEXT

Rockies RHP José Ureña (1-3, 4.67 ERA) and Padres RHP Reiss Knehr (0-0, 0.00) are set to start Game 2 of the doubleheader.

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