The San Diego Padres made a huge splash at the Major League Baseball trade deadline, landing Juan Soto and Josh Bell in a trade with the Washington Nationals and Brandon Drury from the Cincinnati Reds. That trio of new players wasted no time in making MLB history on Monday.
In their first game with the Padres on Wednesday night, Soto, Bell, and Drury each reached base multiple times in a 9-1 win over the Colorado Rockies. This marks the first time since 1900 that three midseason acquisitions have all reached base multiple times in their debut with their new team.
Last night, in their first game for San Diego, Juan Soto, Josh Bell, and Brandon Drury each reached base multiple times.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 4, 2022
Soto finished the game with one hit and two walks while Bell finished with two walks, but it was Drury who had the best performance of the night, blasting a first-inning grand slam in his first at-bat with the Padres. Drury was the first player in the club’s history to hit a grand slam in his first at-bat and he also set a Padres record with the most RBI in a team debut.
It’s a hot start for the new Padres additions. And with star shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. returning to the lineup soon, the offense is about to get even more powerful.