Nationals outfielder Juan Soto absolutely crushed a solo home run off of Gerrit Cole in the top of the fourth inning of World Series Game 1 against the Astros. The ball reached the train tracks in left-center field and tied the game at 2-2.
Soto, who is 20 years and 362 days old today, became the fourth player in baseball history to hit a home run in the World Series under the age of 21. He joins Andruw Jones (Braves), Miguel Cabrera (Marlins), and Mickey Mantle (Yankees). Pretty good company.
In 10 postseason games entering Tuesday’s action, Soto was hitting a respectable .237/.326/.421 with a pair of home runs and seven RBI across 43 plate appearances.
Update: Soto continued to do damage against Cole, lacing a double off of the wall in front of the Crawford Boxes to knock in two runs in the fifth inning, padding the Nationals’ lead to 5-2.
NEW YORK — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes – on his day off? And, from the stands?
Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections – probably ever – in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday.
Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth‘s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball.
Moments later, Torres ejected last year’s World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
Someone was heard yelling: “You’re (expletive) brutal” shortly before television cameras captured Strasburg doffing his cap as he walked up the staircase on his way out of the park.
“Sorry, folks – sorry, FCC,” Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen said on SNY.
The usually stoic Strasburg appeared to be grinning underneath his blue mask as he made his exit.