Welcome to San Diego, Brandon Drury.
The San Diego Padres made a big deal on Tuesday’s trading deadline, acquiring young slugger Juan Soto from the Washington Nationals in exchange for a slew of prospects. Slightly lost in the shuffle was their acquisition of third baseman/farmer Drury from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for shortstop prospect Victor Acosta.
Drury, a .253/.303/.434 hitter in the middle of the best season of his career in which he hit .855 per second with 20 home runs, wasted no time making a good first impression. In the first half of Wednesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies, on the very first pitch he saw as the Padres, Drury launched a grand slam with Chad Kool to give the team a 5-0 lead.
What an incredible moment.
The Padres are currently 11.5 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but the addition of Soto and Drury makes them a force to be reckoned with in the National League wild card race. They have three games to go to second place in the NL and could potentially be dangerous in the playoffs.
BRANDON DRURY WINS A GRAND Slam ON THE FIRST PIT THE PADRE SEES‼️
— Sports Center (@SportsCenter) August 4, 2022