Yankees 8-0 Padres: Soto-fied Bombers crush Friars at Petco Park

Yankees' Juan Soto rounds after hitting as homer against the padres that came in the backdrop of boos at San Diego on May 24, 2024.
John Allen
Saturday May 25, 2024

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New York Yankees 8-0 San Diego Padres

In a victorious return to San Diego, Juan Soto smashed a towering two-run homer during his first at-bat. The Yankees’ slugger showcase continued in the third inning, with Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton also hitting home runs off Yu Darvish. This power display culminated in an 8-0 blowout victory for New York over the Padres on Friday night.

Gleyber Torres sparked a rally in the fourth inning with a line drive single to center, helping the AL East-leading Yankees secure their 10th win in the last 12 games. The Bronx Bombers’ potent offense provided strong backing for Carlos Rodón (6-2), who delivered an outstanding performance on the mound. Rodón held the Padres to only three singles over six scoreless innings, securing his fourth straight victory.

San Diego’s offense remained unusually quiet, suffering their third shutout in five games. Meanwhile, the Yankees’ pitching staff continued to excel, adding another shutout to their record. This achievement places them just one shutout behind the major league leaders.

Soto Makes Padres Pay with Thunderous Home Run

Juan Soto experienced a mix of emotions in his first game back at Petco Park since his trade to the Yankees in December. Padres fans had a blend of boos and cheers for him during the lineup announcement and each of his at-bats, while a noticeable number of Yankees supporters showed their enthusiasm.

However, Soto wasn’t there to reminisce. He quickly reminded San Diego of what they had traded away by launching a colossal two-run homer to right field in the third inning. With Austin Wells on base after a leadoff single, Soto connected with a pitch and delivered a powerful swing. His bat flew, and Fernando Tatis Jr. could only watch as the 423-foot blast, Soto’s 14th of the season, rocketed into the stands. This home run made a bold statement, highlighting the significant impact of the Yankees’ newest slugger.

Yankees Unleash Offensive Onslaught in San Diego

It was a night of power-hitting and dominant pitching for the New York Yankees. After Juan Soto’s leadoff homer, the Bronx Bombers unleashed a trio of home runs in the third inning to overpower the Padres.

Aaron Judge wasted no time amplifying the statement, launching a massive 409-foot homer to left field, marking his 16th of the season. The offensive barrage continued with Alex Verdugo singling, setting the stage for Giancarlo Stanton’s awe-inspiring display. Stanton unleashed a colossal 417-foot blast that cleared the second balcony and landed in the brick warehouse in left field, reminiscent of his legendary 2016 Home Run Derby performance. This marked Stanton’s 13th homer of the season.

Notably, all four Yankees’ home runs came on the first or second pitch faced by the batters, showcasing their aggressive approach at the plate. This offensive prowess translated into victories, with the Yankees boasting a dominant 37-4 record, including playoffs, whenever both Stanton and Judge homer in the same game. Additionally, they extended their perfect record to 2-0 when Soto joined the home run party alongside Judge and Stanton.

The onslaught continued as Gleyber Torres added his solo shot, a towering 411-foot blast. While Soto didn’t add another homer, he showcased his all-around hitting with a double in the ninth inning after narrowly missing a home run in the seventh.

On the mound, Carlos Rodón delivered a masterful performance, shutting out the Padres for six innings. Although Yu Darvish’s impressive scoreless streak ended in the first inning with an Anthony Volpe triple and a Judge sacrifice fly, the Padres’ offense struggled throughout the game. Darvish finished the night with 5 2/3 innings pitched, allowing seven runs on nine hits, striking out five and walking one.

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Up Next

Marcus Stroman (3-2, 3.05 ERA) will be pitching for the New York Yankees, going head-to-head with San Diego Padres right-hander Dylan Cease (5-3, 3.05 ERA) in a highly anticipated duel set for Saturday night.

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