Dodgers flip their Juan Soto loss right into a win over Padres

Dodgers supervisor Dave Roberts insisted it wouldn’t be a litmus take a look at.

After the drubbing his crew inflicted Friday, perhaps he ought to have.

On an evening that started with an emotional on-field ceremony commemorating the late Vin Scully, and that was alleged to showcase a supposedly revamped San Diego Padres roster following Tuesday’s commerce deadline, the Dodgers as an alternative cruised to an 8-1 win, extending their latest dominance over the rivalry in resounding vogue.

“I know our guys, our fans are gonna be excited for this series,” Roberts stated earlier than the extremely anticipated three-game collection. “You got to go out there and we got to play good baseball. So if we play good baseball, I think we’ll be fine.”

That, the Dodgers did.

They struck for 4 runs within the backside of the primary, twice benefiting from a misplay by Brandon Drury at third base to surge in entrance.

They doubled their lead with 4 extra runs within the second, burying Padres starter Sean Manaea on two-run doubles from Chris Taylor and Cody Bellinger.

They salted away the collection opener from there, receiving 5 scoreless innings out of Tony Gonsolin and little late resistance from their guests.

For Juan Soto, Josh Bell, Josh Hader and Drury — the 4 high-profile additions the Padres made earlier than Tuesday’s deadline — it was their first time dropping to the Dodgers in a brown and yellow uniform.

For his or her Padres teammates, nevertheless, Friday was nothing new.

San Diego Padres outfielder Juan Soto sits within the dugout throughout an 8-1 loss to the Dodgers on Friday evening.

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It was the sixth time in eight conferences between the groups this season the Dodgers have been victorious, and the fifteenth time within the final 17 courting to final 12 months.

It stretched the hole between the groups within the NL West standings to 131/2 video games, a seemingly insurmountable benefit with two months remaining within the common season.

And it felt like an emphatic post-deadline rebuke from the Dodgers (73-33), who stayed comparatively quiet in the course of the deadline whereas the Padres (61-48) outbid them for Soto and Bell, surprisingly snagged Hader behind their bullpen and added Drury to the lineup.

“Obviously they had a couple big pickups,” Taylor stated.

Added Roberts, when requested about Soto, particularly: “It is what it is. He’s a great player. It certainly makes our job a little bit harder, a lot harder. But there’s nothing we can do. We’re not going to run from it.”

The Dodger Stadium crowd certain didn’t. Barely per week after serenading Soto with “Future Dodger!” chants when he visited as a member of the Nationals, the 23-year-old outfielder was greeted by a refrain of boos throughout his first journey to the plate Friday.

It was one of many few occasions a sellout crowd of 52,714 did one thing aside from cheer.

After collaborating within the pregame ceremony — during which Roberts led the stadium in reciting Scully’s well-known phrase, “It’s time for Dodger baseball” — they roared to life when Drury threw away a bases-loaded grounder within the first, permitting the sport’s first two runs to attain.

They have been on their ft once more moments later, when Hanser Alberto hit a two-hopper previous Drury and down the road for a two-run double, then as soon as extra within the third when Taylor (who was enjoying his first recreation in a month due to a foot fracture) and Bellinger tacked on two-run doubles.

Gonsolin, in the meantime, settled right into a groove after a laborious first two innings, happening to finish his fifth begin of not less than 5 shutout innings this season. And the sport was to date out of attain by the seventh inning, Soto was changed for a pair innings of relaxation.

Friday’s consequence apart, the Padres nonetheless appear to be a lot greater threats than they did throughout their earlier go to a month in the past, after they have been practically swept in a four-game collection during which their slumping offense scored simply eight occasions.

“You certainly have to give Padres ownership, Peter Seidler, a lot of credit,” stated Roberts, a former Padres participant and coach who stated he’d by no means seen the franchise with a lot buzz.

“When people are talking about the Dodgers and the Padres, the National League West, big trades, spending money on great players — I think we all win.”

The Dodgers don’t appear infallible, both, with their pitching workers taking one other blow Friday when Clayton Kershaw was positioned on the injured checklist with low again ache — a difficulty the Dodgers hope will maintain the left-hander sidelined for not more than a few month.

“He’s certainly frustrated, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Roberts stated. “I think his only focus is to do what we can to get him back as soon as possible, and healthy.”

For now, although, any ideas in regards to the Padres difficult the Dodgers’ NL supremacy must wait. Their lineup is likely to be extra imposing. Their roster is undoubtedly deeper. However on Friday, the Dodgers’ latest torment of the Padres persevered. Not even a new-look Padres roster might forestall extra of the identical.