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

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

After the drubbing his staff inflicted Friday, possibly he ought to have.

On an evening that started with an emotional on-field ceremony commemorating the late Vin Scully, and that was presupposed to showcase a supposedly revamped San Diego Padres roster following Tuesday’s commerce deadline, the Dodgers as a substitute cruised to an 8-1 win, extending their latest dominance over the rivalry whereas selecting up their sixth consecutive win.

“Obviously, the anticipation outside of the ballplayers is there,” Roberts mentioned. “But the messaging has been consistent on our part, just focusing on ourselves and playing good baseball.”

That, the Dodgers did within the collection opener.

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 beginning pitcher Tony Gonsolin and little late resistance from their guests, who entered the collection driving excessive from their flurry of deadline strikes.

“They definitely got better,” shortstop Trea Turner mentioned. “But we took care of business tonight.”

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

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

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

The Dodgers are 6-2 towards the Padres this yr and have gained 15 of the final 17 conferences relationship to final yr.

They stretched their NL West result in 131/2 video games, a seemingly insurmountable benefit with two months remaining within the common season.

And, intentional or not, the Dodgers (73-33) delivered what felt like an emphatic rebuke of the Padres deadline scramble — which was highlighted by them outbidding the Dodgers in a blockbuster transfer for Soto.

“It is what it is,” Roberts mentioned when requested concerning the Soto commerce. “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 instances a sellout crowd of 52,714 did one thing apart from cheer.

After collaborating within the pregame ceremony — wherein 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 had been on their toes 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 down after a laborious first two innings, occurring to finish his fifth begin of at the least 5 shutout innings this season.

And the sport was to date out of attain by the seventh, Soto was changed for a few innings of relaxation.

Friday’s outcome apart, the Padres (61-48) nonetheless seem to be a lot larger threats than they did throughout their earlier go to a month in the past, after they had been practically swept in a four-game collection wherein their offense scored simply eight runs complete.

“You certainly have to give Padres ownership, Peter Seidler, a lot of credit,” mentioned Roberts, a former Padres participant and coach who mentioned 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 employees taking one other blow Friday when beginning pitcher Clayton Kershaw was positioned on the injured checklist due to low again ache — a difficulty the Dodgers hope will hold the left-hander sidelined for not more than a couple of month.

“He’s certainly frustrated, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Roberts mentioned. “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 concerning the Padres difficult the Dodgers’ NL supremacy should wait.

Their lineup is perhaps extra imposing. Their roster is undoubtedly deeper.

However on Friday, the Dodgers’ latest torment of the Padres endured. Not even a new-look Padres roster might stop extra of the identical.