Padres Secure Convincing 5-1 Victory over Yankees in Series Opener

John Allen
Friday May 26, 2023

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New York Yankees 1, San Diego Padres 5

NEW YORK — In the first game of the series between two well-known teams that got off to slow starts, Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. took the spotlight and made a big effect. Each member of the dynamic team hit a two-run home run that soared into the second deck, leaving the crowd in awe as they stood at home plate and enjoyed their beautiful shots. The San Diego Padres beat the New York Yankees 5-1 on Friday night thanks to their strong performances. This set the tone for an exciting series full of star-studded performances and revenge quests.

In a key moment, Juan Soto hit a key pitch in the fifth inning against 24-year-old right-hander Randy Vásquez, who was making his long-awaited start in the big leagues. Soto’s hit at the right time put the Padres ahead and gave them a big edge. Fernando Tatis Jr., not wanting to be beaten, increased the lead to 4-0 in the sixth inning, this time against Ron Marinaccio. Their awe-inspiring home runs went a total of 871 feet, which left both fans and opponents in awe of their incredible strength. These amazing feats of attacking skill showed how good the Padres are and helped them win by a large margin.

After dominating the Mets in last year’s wild-card series, Joe Musgrove returned to New York. Musgrove pitched again to end a four-start losing run. He allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out six and walking none. Musgrove’s strong performance earned him a much-needed win and showed his ability to maneuver through the opposing lineup.

In the sixth inning, Anthony Rizzo contributed to the Yankees’ offensive effort with an RBI grounder. The scoring play followed a single by Gleyber Torres and a double by Aaron Judge, setting the stage for Rizzo’s productive at-bat.

In the ninth inning, Rougned Odor continued his impressive offensive display for the San Diego Padres by delivering a run-scoring single against Ryan Weber. This notable hit added to Odor’s impressive tally of 12 RBIs in his last five games, further solidifying his impact and contribution to the team’s success.

Only the third sellout of the season, 46,724 people went to Yankee Stadium to watch teams that haven’t done as well as they should have by Memorial Day. The Padres are 24-27 and 6 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, who are in first place in the NL West. After their third straight loss, the Yankees are now 30-23 and eight games behind Tampa Bay in the AL East.

At the beginning of the season, the New York Yankees boasted a substantial payroll of $275 million, positioning them as the second-highest in the league, only behind the Mets, who set a record with a $355 million payroll. The San Diego Padres followed closely in third place with a payroll of $258 million. Despite a brief slump that led them to a 20-26 record, the Padres have bounced back impressively, winning four out of their last five games. Their recent success highlights their resilience and determination to turn their season around.

After Vásquez hit Jake Cronenworth on the thigh with a pitch in the fifth, Soto fouled a 1-0 pitch off his left knee and then hit his 10th home run on a full-count cutter to right. The 114 mph shot that went 432 foot was the Padres’ hardest home run of the season.

In a display of both flair and celebration, Juan Soto exhibited his unique style after his remarkable play. He skillfully transferred his bat to his left hand and proceeded to flip it into the ground, gripping the fat end. Following this captivating move, he emphatically pounded his chest with his right fist, exuding a sense of confidence and passion. With his triumphant display complete, Soto then began his well-deserved trot around the bases.

Fernando Tatis Jr. stepped up when Austin Nola walked. On the opening pitch, he hit a changeup 439 feet into the left-field second deck for his eighth home run of the season. Tatis calmly observed the ball fly over the fence while holding the bat. He nonchalantly flipped the bat toward the Padres’ bench, showcasing his confidence and tremendous swing.

Juan Soto and Fernando Tatis Jr. continued their home run celebrations from last season. After each blast, they took Polaroid photos with the baserunners to celebrate. Tatis appeared to talk to supporters as he moved to right field for the bottom half of the inning, possibly about his incredible home run.

In his MLB debut, Randy Vásquez displayed promising performance on the mound. Over 4 2/3 innings, he allowed two runs on four hits, showcasing his ability to keep the opposing batters in check. With six strikeouts and a lone walk, Vásquez demonstrated good control and effectiveness. Notably, he threw 51 of his 84 pitches for strikes, indicating solid command of the strike zone. Vásquez’s fastball averaged an impressive 93.7 mph, further highlighting his pitching prowess and potential for future success.

Thursday’s game marked a significant milestone for Randy Vásquez as he experienced his first-ever major league game in person. Adding to the occasion, Vásquez’s No. 98 jersey became the highest number ever worn by a starting pitcher in Yankees history, surpassing JP Sears’ No. 92 from the previous year. This unique distinction further highlights Vásquez’s journey and the opportunity he has been given to make an impact at the highest level of the game.


Yankees’ RHP Luis Severino (0-0, 1.93 ERA) returns from injury, set for his second start of the season on Saturday.

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