'Get away!': Soto nearly blows Zim walk-off HR

Josh Luckenbaugh
August 23, 2018 - 6:48 am

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In the eyes of most Nationals fans, Juan Soto hasn't put a foot wrong since he came up to the majors in May. However, the rookie phenom nearly committed an egregious error on Wednesday because he was so excited for a teammate. 

With the Nats trailing the Phillies 7-6 and down to their final out, Soto doubled to right field, setting the stage for Ryan Zimmerman. And as the man called "Mr. Walk Off" often does, he delivered. 

Soto crossed home plate, tying the game, but Zimmerman was forced to stop at second because the hit was initially ruled a double. The umpires gathered to review the play, and soon confirmed that the ball had in fact cleared the right field wall. 

However, as Zimmerman began to round the bases, Soto went running after him to celebrate. If he had touched Zimmerman, Zimmerman would have been ruled out for passing the runner in front of him, sending the game to extras.

Davey Martinez screamed at Soto while Zimmerman waved at the rookie to stay away, and thankfully for the Nats, Soto got the message. 

It was the 11th walk-off home run of Zimmerman's career, putting him in some elite company on the clutch homer charts. 

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