Juan Soto’s unusual home run helps the Nationals win division against the Yankees

A couple of hours before taking the field at Nationals Park on Monday to end a suspended game against the New York Yankees that had begun more than a month earlier, a couple of relievers in the Washington Nationals clubhouse they asked a question What happens if a player went 10 for 10? Could that justify your consideration for a player of the month award? For May?

That, of course, was a hypothetical hypothesis. And it was June 18. Too late for that. But the strangeness of the day forced all those involved in the truncated double billboard – there is a complete postponed game after the suspended starter – to address existential questions about the meaning of time, cash scores and the protocol of the list. It was all scratching the head, and things got weirder not long after the game started at 5:05 p.m. in the bottom of the sixth inning when Juan Soto added to break the space-time continuum of his outstanding Major League career during Washington's 5-3 victory.

[Game 1 box score: Nationals 5, Yankees 3]

On May 15, the day the Nationals and the Yankees played the first 5 ½ innings of the game, Soto went 3 for 4 against Bowie Baysox for the AA Harrisburg clbad. He did not make his Major League debut for another five days. On Monday, when entering the game as a pinch hitter with a runner at the base, Soto threw a fastball to the back of the top deck in right field. It was Soto's sixth homer, or the first, according to views of time and space, in 24 major league games, and it gave the Nationals an advantage they would not abandon as they broke a three-game losing streak. .

If it were not for Soto's performance in time travel, the Nationals would have been left with another anemic offensive day after falling, 4-2, at night, which was a postponed meeting on May 16. Matt Reynolds drove in both the Washington races, on a grounder and a sacrifice fly. The Nationals (38-32) finished 0 by 11 with runners in scoring position. They left nine runners at the base. They put two runners on the base with one out or less three times and came away empty-handed each time, even in the ninth inning when the Trea Turner line was caught on the warning track in right field to end the game. It was the sixth time that they remain under three races in June, and the second time in a week against the Yankees (47-22).

[Game 2 box score: Yankees 4, Nationals 2]

National pitcher Erick Fedde reacts after leaving a two-run homer to Aaron Hicks of the Yankees in Monday's cup: a makeup game for a contest postponed on May 16. (Katherine Frey / The Washington Post)

In other words, in addition to her unusual 6:45 p.m. start, the second game was standard rate for Washington. The first game was not

For starters, the players on the active clubs lists could play in the suspended game regardless of whether they were not on the list on May 15 unless they had already been eliminated from the game. The statutes created oddities from the beginning once the game resumed.

Matt Adams, Washington's starting left fielder May 15, would win in third place, but national manager Dave Martinez was not sure if he would be available to play. due to a bruised finger Martinez called Adams' status a "playtime decision": slang reserved for basketball and soccer coaches, not for baseball patterns. But Martinez had options – and better defensive outfielders – on his bench in Michael A. Taylor, Adam Eaton, Brian Goodwin and Soto.

Eaton, Goodwin and Soto were not with the Nationals on May 15. Not Daniel Murphy either. Goodwin, Eaton and Murphy were rehabilitating injuries while Soto was in the minors. He made his major league debut five days later, which, according to the Elias Sports Bureau, remains his official debut in the record books, although he played in the suspended game, although an asterisk was added.

Meanwhile, Howie Kendrick, second baseman of the Nationals on May 15, broke the Achilles tendon three days later. Andrew Stevenson, the starting starting center fielder of Washington, has since been sent to the AAA Clbad of Syracuse. Martinez had options to do.

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Regarding the pitch, Wander Suero replaced Nationals starter Gio González on May 15, throwing a sixth without a score entry before the game was suspended. The Nationals had the option of keeping him in the game to throw the seventh.

The game resumed with Yankees right-hander Chad Greene taking the mound to officially replace Masahiro Tanaka, who recorded five innings on May 15. Green faced a clean-shaven Bryce Harper and struck him out. Anthony Rendon then hit a single before Soto hit the plate and hit his third homer in two games against the Yankees. The ball was estimated to have traveled 433 feet. The naked eye suggested that he moved away a few dozen more feet.

"Pretty impressive," said Martinez. "I wish I could do that."

Suero stayed in the game and secured one out before handing over a double to Gary Sanchez, who took Martinez out to replace him with Sammy Solis. Didi Gregorius then lined up with Soto, who doubled Sanchez at second base to finish the inning. From there, Ryan Madson and Sean Doolittle threw an inadvertent entry to seal a 34-day triumph.

The next defeat lasted 3 hours and 26 minutes. Launching against New York's powerful offense for the second time in five days, Erick Fedde allowed three runs in 5 innings. It was a quality start given the circumstances for a pitcher making his sixth Major League appearance in his career. But the Silent Bats of the Nationals did not give enough. Sonny Gray kept Washington with two runs in more than five innings before the Yankees' dominant bullpen closed the door to the Nationals, ending a strange day in frustration.


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