Juan Soto hits career HR no. 100 in Nationals’ lopsides loss to Braves

Juan Soto began the evening in Atlanta with 99 profession house runs over 469 video games and a pair of,025 plate appearances, which as soon as once more put the 23-year-old slugger in some fairly heady record firm because the Washington Nationals highlighted of their pregame notes for the second of three with the Braves in Truist Park.

“In line with the Elias Sports activities Bureau,” the Nationals wrote, “Soto (23 years, 169 days) will be a part of the next record of energetic gamers to hit their a centesimal profession house run at age 23 and youthful: Miguel Cabrera (23 years, 127 days); Bryce Harper (23 years, 181 days); Ronald Acuña Jr. (23 years, 184 days); Albert Pujols (23 years, 185 days); Giancarlo Stanton (23 years, 221 days); Mike Trout (23 years, 253 days).”

Soto’s first this season was a 428-foot shot on Opening Day within the nation’s capital, which landed within the second deck above the bullpen in Nationals Park.

His supervisor, fifth-year skipper Davey Martinez, was requested after the opener if he’s nonetheless at occasions shocked by the ability his proper fielder possesses, and he mentioned, actually, “No.”

“Nothing actually surprises me on the subject of his hitting,” Martinez mentioned.

“He understands what he must do every pitch, and he’s enjoyable to observe. Typically — everyone — when he’s up there hitting, everyone actually hones in on what he’s doing, and what he’s making an attempt to do. He’s simply enjoyable to observe.”

Greater than the ability, nonetheless, Martinez pressured, it’s Soto’s total strategy which stands proud once you watch him play every day.

“As soon as once more, everyone knows he has energy, however right here’s a man that each time he steps to the plate he tries to hit line drives up the center,” the supervisor mentioned.

“That’s what his focus is on, however he’s actually good,” Martinez added.

“He is aware of the strike zone and he is aware of what balls he actually can hit arduous, so it was good to see him get that first one out of the best way on Opening Day and we’ll transfer on from there.”

In profession recreation No. 470 final evening, and his 2,028th PA, Soto hit profession HR No. 100, a 451-foot shot to right-center within the Braves’ house.

His supervisor’s ideas after seeing Soto attain one other milestone early in his profession?

“Effectively, I by no means acquired there, one,” Martinez joked. “Nevertheless it’s superior. He’s so younger, and for him to get his a centesimal house run at this early stage of his profession, he’s going to … hit much more so I’m completely happy for him, however he swung the bat effectively at the moment, he actually did. I feel he hit a ball 112 MPH or one thing like that, and the house run he hit wasn’t a cheapy neither, he crushed that ball, so I hope he hits many, many extra this 12 months, possibly a couple of tomorrow.”

His message for the slugger after Soto hit his a centesimal?

“I mentioned, ‘Hey, nice swing, keep proper there, and preserve it going.’ I didn’t need him to suppose, you recognize — I’ll speak to him tomorrow about it, however like I mentioned, simply watching him and watching his strategy, as all of us do, he doesn’t take any at-bats off. I advised him, he’s performed the sport, his final at-bat, I mentioned, ‘Hey, you be you, don’t get caught up within the — simply work at-bat, and he did.”

Soto walked in his last plate look of the evening within the eighth, ending the sport 2 for 3 with the free go in a 16-4 loss.


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