NEW YORK – A stunned silence surpbaded the stadium in the Bronx for a few moments on Wednesday when Juan Soto jogged quietly down the bases, almost too coolly for a 19-year-old rookie on the greatest stage of his sport to the first time He had just thrown a baseball 436 feet past the bullpen of the visitors. He had launched into the history of Yankee Stadium, leaving the 45,030 present, perhaps feeling the magnitude of the events that had witnessed the only teenager in the diamond, in silence.
With the explosion, Soto became the youngest player to hit two homers in a game at Yankee Stadium since Andruw Jones hit two at the old baseball stadium in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series. Soto he is the fifth youngest player in history to connect several homers in a game anywhere. The efforts, which produced four RBIs, were combined with four shutout innings of the Washington Nationals' bullpen to drive a 5-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
"I'll start by saying that Soto is really good," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "How is that?"
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Soto's first homer was an opposing field pitch that slid over the left-field wall, a three-run shot that put the Nationals up, 4-3. That poke illustrated Soto's mature approach beyond his age. Players of their age usually try to raise and lower a fastball, and usually make that mistake in the minors. Soto went with the release of right-hander Sonny Gray and took advantage of the favorable proportions of the baseball batter to inject some life into his club, which had scored a run in the previous 22 innings. It was the first race of a left-handed batter against a right-handed pitcher.
"I was surprised [that it was a home run] yes," said Soto, the youngest player in the major leagues. "Because I got pretty good but it was too high, so I was running around the bases and saying, 'Keep going, keep going, keep going'. So when he left, I felt really good."
The second screen was pure power. He took a fast 1-0 fat ball over the left handed Chase Shreve's plate and crushed it. Therefore, silence. The Nationals had an advantage again and Soto, who started in left field after a day off on Tuesday, had his fifth homer in 20 Major League games.
"He's the truth," Nationals reliever Justin Miller supposed.
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Soto's exploits erased the early fragility of the Nationals, the kind that usually gives clubs no chance to win when they face the team with the best record in baseball. Carried out without scoring since the seventh inning on Saturday, Washington looked ready to explode with a deviated number in the first inning on Wednesday with two runners at the base and none for Bryce Harper, who started in center field for the second time in four games.
But the Nationals only managed one race, with Anthony Rendon's sacrifice fly, and they were even more useless in the second inning. Washington repeated the situation in the second frame, placing two runners before scoring one out, and their first two base run errors abruptly suspended any chance of a major inning.
The initial error was not outrageous; Wilmer Difo hit a line drive directly to second baseman, who then threw Matt Adams at second base for a double play. Adams did not have many opportunities. Moments later, Gray chose Soto at first base. Suddenly, the entrance was over.
[Box score: Nationals 5, Yankees 4]
Eaton continued the subject in the third inning, being ejected at second base trying to extend a single down the left-field line. It was thrown by a few feet. Then, Trea Turner singled to center field, but Gray caught him at first base. After a repeat review of more than three minutes, the call was confirmed, and the Nationals had run out of another entry.
"We already talked about that," said Martinez. "We have to clean that, we really do it." If we are going to do the things we want to do, we can not give the teams two, three, four outs like that. We can not. It was approached. I want them to be aggressive, but we have to be aggressive and smart. "
The neglect bled Washington's defense to the bottom of the frame, when Rendon could not handle a hard-hitting helicopter from Giancarlo Stanton's bat. In the third place out, the Yankees (43-20) had their third race when Aaron Judge scored in what was ruled as a single to give the Yankees a 3-1 lead against Erick Fedde.
The Nationals were being overtaken, then, after Murphy walked and Adams hit a single, his prodigy got into the batter's box with two outs and hit the switch, raising a fast 1-0 ball to the left that carried him. enough to give Washington a head start.
Yankees second baseman Gleyber Torres, just 21, responded with a solo homer against Fedde, who allowed four runs in five innings s for the injured Stephen Strasburg. That tied the game to 4. From there, three Nationals relievers, Miller, Sammy Solis and Ryan Madson, kept the Yankees scoreless until Soto added another chapter to his amazing 25-day Major League career seventh entry.
"For him to leave," Martinez said, "and do what he did today, in front of this crowd, he tells you a little about the character he brings."
These last two days were announced as the return of Harper, soon to be a free agent, to Yankee Stadium, where Harper, once the nation's last teenage star, could call home after this season. But Soto snatched the show, stunned a crowd and won a game for the Nationals.