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Juan Soto returns to Nationals Park as opposing player after trade, leads Padres to dominant win

Just 10 days ago, the Washington Nationals traded superstar right fielder Juan Soto to the NORTH PARK Padres in a deal that also sent Josh Bell to the Padres and Luke Voit to the Nationals.

Simply because they play in various divisions, the Padres only go to the Nationals in D.C. for just one series each year. In a great coincidence, the Padres one visit to Nationals Park this year comes this weekend. The three-game series kicked off on Friday.

The Padres would win in blowout fashion, beating the hapless Nats, 10-5. They did etc the effectiveness of a seven-run fifth, and Soto made his presence felt in a large way for the reason that inning.

The Padres took a 1-0 lead in the fourth. Then it had been time for the overall game to be broken open. Soto followed aJurickson Profarleadoff walk with a double. He’d then be driven home byManny Machado’sdouble. The inning was still going when Soto’s spot in the lineup came up again. This time around, he hit a line drive to left for an RBI single.

Once the inning finally ended, it had been 8-0 Padres. Soto was 2 for just two 2 with a double, run and a RBI for the reason that inning alone.

Unsurprisingly, Soto’s return was front and center from early in the night time.

He prepared a video message for Nationals fans:

“Nationals fans, many thanks. Many thanks for everything, many thanks to be there for me personally, cheering for me personally,” Soto said. “Even though we weren’t in the very best moments as a team, you guys have there been, each day and I appreciate that. I really like you all, even though I’ve another team’s uniform, I’m gonna still love you guys. Many thanks. You guys made me who I’m today and I am hoping I see you guys soon.”

Here’s Soto going to the plate for his first at-bat being an opposing player combined with the ovation from the Nationals faithful.

Soto would foul out down the left-field line there. He’d go 2 for 6 overall on the night time, but he did all his work in the inning that has been the difference in the overall game.

The Padres had a busy day. Right before the overall game started, news broke that star shortstop Fernando TatisJr. has been suspended for 80 games for a violation of the Joint Drug Agreement, designed for testing positive for a performance-enhancing drug.

The Padres are actually 64-51, sitting in the 3rd NL wild card spot.

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