Friday, December 09, 2022

Soto, admired; Padres win after Tatis suspension

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — On a night when Juan Soto was cheered on by fans of his old team, his new club was more concerned about another Dominican player, who was absent and would be around for some time.

Soto had a pair of hits and brought the crowd to their feet, which delighted him when he returned to Washington during the match that the San Diego Padres scored in a 10-5 win at the Nationals on Friday and an 80-game suspension. After that took some rest. Fernando Tatis Jr. was charged for testing positive for a drug.

“It’s been a setback for us,” admitted San Diego manager Bob Melvin. “We have to move on. I appreciate the acquisitions made before the deadline.”

Soto, one of the 23 best hitters in the majors and 2019 World Series champion with Washington, was traded to San Diego on August 2.

The transaction now becomes more relevant to San Diego, with the conviction that Tatis will be marginalized, also from Quito, from the rest of the current campaign and the first 32 commitments of the next one.

Tatis tested positive for Clostebol, an anabolic steroid. He claims to have accidentally taken it as part of a drug.

San Diego now holds a third wild-card berth in the NL playoffs, and general manager AJ Peller said during the meeting that Tatis’ suspension did not change his hopes for the season. However, he admitted that the club’s faith in the star had eroded.

The Padres also found a rebuilding team, first baseman Josh Bell in the trade with Washington.

“If Tatis comes back, maybe this offense will get better with all those trades, but we’re not counting on that,” Preller said. “So now, I look back and maybe the deals we make are more important.”

With the Padres, Soto has reached base in every game. He came close to hitting his second home run with his new team, hitting a double over a right-field wall in the fifth inning to give the visitors five runs.

In the same episode, he hit an RBI single to Austin Nola.

And in the eighth, he drove a ball 390 feet from home plate to the warning bar in center field.

Starter Mike Clevinger (4-4) allowed one run and three hits in five innings, during which he scored four.

Corey Abbott (0-2) played four innings, including identical hits, plus three runs.

For the Padres, Dominican Soto scored 6-2 with one run and one RBI, Manny Machado scored 5-2 and scored two RBIs.

For the nationals, Dominican Machel Franco scored 1–1 and an RBI, Nelson Cruz 4–0 with an RBI. Cuba Yadil Hernandez 2-0. Mexican Joy Menis scored 4-2 with one run. Keibert Ruiz of Venezuela 5-1 with RBI, Cesar Hernandez with 4-0 RBI, Ildemaro Vargas with 4-2 and RBI.

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