Phoenix (AFP) – San Diego’s successful deal of Juan Soto and Josh Bell on Deadline Trade has received so much attention that the addition of Brandon Drury has hardly been noticed.
It turned out to be a very important acquisition.
Drury hit a pair of creepers, Blake Snell threw seven top-season runs, and the Padres sprinted to a 12-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
San Diego stayed 1 1/2 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the final game of the NL Wild Cards. The Brewers rallied to beat the Yankees 7-6 earlier on Friday.
It was a great win for Padres, who looked tepid in the 4-0 loss to the Diamondbacks on Thursday night. They had a meeting with the team before Friday’s win as they were trying to stay ahead of the Brewers with less than three weeks to go in the season.
“This is an incredible baseball team here,” Drury said. “I think sometimes – I don’t want to say we take that for granted – but we’ve been a little lax lately. Sometimes, that’s what you need, get the guys together, have a team meeting, have the guys go and remind us what we’re here for. – To win the world championship.”
Padres jumped to a 2-0 lead on Drury’s first second-half shot into the left field bench. He has had 27 homes in his career this season, including seven since he was traded to San Diego from Cincinnati.
Drury pushed the lead to 4-0 in the fourth inning with a solo shot to the left of center, marking his first multiplayer match since 2019. He recently returned to the squad after missing out nearly two weeks to a concussion.
“He didn’t miss a thing,” Padres coach Bob Melvin said.
It was a good day for all the attacks by Padres, who scored 17 hits. Ha-Seong Kim scored three hits, including a double and a single homer. Austin Nola Homer added a solo and double, while Juan Soto got two hits, including a double.
Snell (7-9) gave up one inning on four hits and didn’t walk while hitting seven. The 2018 AL Cy Young Award winner has lowered his ERA to 3.85 for this season.
“I’ve been feeling stronger and stronger as the year has gone by,” Snell said.
The Diamondbacks’ first player, Christian Walker, had two Reptiles and led in the team’s three runs. Walker now has 34 townhouses this season, adding to his career. Stone Jarrett, Corbin Carroll and Dolton Farshaw scored a double.
Once the Padres built their big lead, Arizona catcher Carson Kelly appeared for the fourth time this season. He gave up one round in 1 1/3 of the innings.
It was another tough outing for Madison Baumgarner Diamondbacks (6-15), who gave up five runs in five rounds.
“It’s a very frustrating game at times,” Baumgarner said. “I have played much worse matches this year and achieved much better results. It is difficult to understand sometimes.”
The 33-year-old signed a five-year, $85 million deal ahead of the 2020 season, but has scored a 14-29 and 5.01 ERA over the three years since coming to the desert.
That’s a far cry from his first 11 years with San Francisco, where he was a four-time All-Star and helped the team win three world championship titles.
Bumgarner had a good start to the current season, giving defenders D hope they could salvage part of the deal. But he waned as the season developed and had a 9.23 ERA over five times in August.
This month wasn’t much better with 11 points in 16 rounds.
The teams continue their four-game series on Saturday. D RHP linebacker Zac Gallen (12-2, 2.50 ERA) starts against Padres RHP Joe Musgrove (9-7, 3.28).