X Gon' Give it to Ya … Padres Shortstop Bogaerts Rips 1st San Diego HR to Lead Friars 1st Win of 2023

Offense comes alive and Hader makes sure it doesn't get away

This is more like it.

After scoring a total of three runs in their first two games the Padres offense showed what it's capable of on Saturday night in an 8-4 win over the Rockies at Petco Park. It was their new superstar shortstop who set the tone.

Xander Bogaerts launched his first home run in a Padres uniform in the 1st inning, a 2-run shot that came off the bat at 109 MPH. As Bob Melvin said after Friday night's 4-1 loss, perhaps getting some early runs would loosen everyone up a bit and let the bats start working.

The skipper knows what he's talking about. In the 3rd inning Matt Carpenter ripped a double down the right field line to score Juan Soto and Jake Cronenworth and make it 4-0 Padres. On the mound, new starter Michael Wacha made his San Diego debut and was plenty good enough to win.

In the 6th inning he gave up a monster 2-run home run to CJ Cron, who's hit three bombs in three games to start the year, to make it a 5-4 Padres lead. Wacha got out of the inning, finishing his six frames in an efficient 83 pitches. He also got his first SD win.

Manny Machado got a run back with an RBI single in the bottom half to make it 6-4 and the Friars doubled that lead in the 8th inning with a glimpse at baseball in 2023. Juan Soto, who was hitless for the season, stepped in with two runners on and two outs. He hit a grounder up the middle that a year ago would have been gobbled up by a shifted infielder.

This is exactly why shifts were banned.

The ball rolled into centerfield for Soto's first knock of the year, both runs scored to make it 8-4, taking away the possibility for a save. Melvin was not about to let the first win of the year get away or deny the sellout crowd of 42,663 a look at their electric closer.

Josh Hader made his season debut and threw a perfect 9th inning with two strikeouts, exactly the way they drew it up. The Padres can salvage a series split on Sunday afternoon behind another fresh face, right-hander Seth Lugo.

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