Washington Nationals’ lineup for the 2nd of 3 with Colorado’s Rockies in Coors Field…

Juan Soto took his twentieth stroll of the 2022 marketing campaign within the backside of the eighth of the finale with the Miami Marlins in D.C. final Thursday, with the rating 3-2 within the customer’s favor, and a runner in scoring place at second with two out. Soto took his free go, however Josh Bell struck out to finish the menace within the at-bat that adopted.

Nationals’ supervisor Davey Martinez talked after what ended up being the membership’s Eighth-straight loss about it being one scenario the place he may prefer to see Soto be a bit extra aggressive on the plate.

“Yeah, and that is one thing that we talked to him about,” Martinez stated.

“He may solely get one pitch at at-bat, or two. [It was] 2-0, and I do know [Marlins’ left Richard] Bleier is hard on lefties, however we would like [Soto] to be the man to drive in these runs, or at the very least take a swing, however … he stayed within the at-bat, and he labored a stroll, however we would like him to be a little bit bit extra aggressive when there’s guys on base, particularly guys in scoring place.”

So, constructive criticism, acknowledging that there are occasions when he want to see Soto, his preternaturally gifted 23-year-old slugger, be a little bit extra aggressive.

A teachable second, or studying alternative. However making an attempt to bunt in opposition to the shift with two on and nobody out? Yep. Soto did simply that final night time in Coors Area.

Within the high of the third, nine-hole hitter Alcides Escobar singled to begin the highest of the inning, and he moved up on a hit-by-pitch on leadoff man Cèsar Hernàndez, bringing Soto up in an RBI spot, and he… squared to bunt on the primary pitch from Rockies’ starter Gèrman Màrquez, fouling it off and falling behind 0-1 earlier than he’d finally strike out.

Martinez joked after what ended up a 10-2 win for his membership that he thought of strolling again to the clubhouse and calling it quits after Soto squared to bunt.

“ what, I don’t even know what he was considering,” Martinez stated, as quoted by MASN’s Mark Zuckerman.

“After we get guys on base like that, he’s the man we would like up. I noticed him sq. round, and truthfully I believed: ‘He simply desires to see a pitch.’ After which he bunted the ball, and I used to be like … uh, OK. …”

Fortunately, Josh Bell stepped in after Soto and hit a three-run dwelling run to choose his teammate up this time, and spark the membership’s offense.

“That’s what this sport’s all about,” Bell stated, as quoted on MASN. “That’s why I really like hitting behind [Soto].”

He will get to take pleasure in that privilege once more within the second of three with the Rockies in Coors Area.


NOTE: Nelson Cruz is getting an evening off after Davey Martinez stated following the collection opener in Coors Area that he’d left the sport with, “a little bit stiffness in his again, decrease again.”