In need of a hero, Juan Soto has caught fire

Ben Krimmel
May 25, 2019 - 11:06 am
In need of hero, Nationals' Juan Soto was fresh from the fight.

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The Washington Nationals were in need of a hero.

They were holding out for a hero 'til the end of the 8th inning.

And he's gotta be Juan Soto.

In need of a little late-inning luck of their own, the Nationals got two aboard on back-to-back walks with one out down 9-8 to the Miami Marlins. Up stepped Soto to face Tayron Guerrero.

And the 20-year-old got the pitch he was looking for: A 3-1, 100.1 MPH fastball. 

Soto's three-run homer was his third hit of the night and it gave the Nationals a lead they would not relinquish and a 20th win on the season. The win snapped two losing streaks for Washington: a five-game stint and an 11-game Friday night losing streak dating back to the 2018 season.

Soto is now on an eight-game hitting streak, in which he has 15 hits (eight for extra bases) and is slashing .500/.559/.933 with a 1.492 OPS. During this scorching hot stretch, Soto has raised his batting average on the season from .228 to .281.

Is that good? It is very good. And it couldn't come at a better time for the struggling Nats.

Not to be outdone by Soto, Matt Adams took Guerrero deep in the next at-bat on another 100+ MPH pitch.

If the Nationals are able to turn around their sub-par start to the season, they are going to need Soto to stay hot. And, hopefully for their sake, whatever has gotten into Soto at the plate can infect the entire team, especially the bullpen. 

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