Redskins Nationals beat the Eagles Phillies by a final score of 17-7 with 2 touchdowns and a field goal. The scoring started with a Trea Turner two-run homer and Turner would have been the star of the game with his 3-hits and a walk and 4 runs scored until Juan Soto in the 9th inning blasted his 2nd home run of the game for a total of 4-hits and 5-RBIs. It is more MLB history for Soto who became the only teenager in MLB history with a 4-hit game that includes 2 home runs. In all, the Nationals hit 7 home runs in support of Nationals starter Erick Fedde who held on for 5-innings and 115 pitches to earn his first win.
“When Trea hit the home run, that sparked everybody,” Dave Martinez said. “When you score first, good things happen.”
The Nationals scored more runs tonight than they had combined in the previous week that began last Friday with a game against these Phillies. Every position in the Nats order had at least one hit for the Nationals tally of 18-hits on the game.
“Hitting is contagious,” Bryce Harper said. “When everybody is doing it, all the guys are. It’s a lot of fun to be out there, and a lot of fun to be a part of the game.”
There wasn’t a cheapie in the bunch of those 7 home runs which F.P. Santangelo measured at a combined 2,852 feet which is over a ½ mile . Bryce Harper finally ended his home run drought and smashed a long oppo boppo home run for his 20th of the season. Harper also claimed 3 of the Nats 7 walks in the game, and Bryce really showed some great patience in the game. It allowed him to score 2-runs on Soto’s home runs. Mark Reynolds and Brian Goodwin also had home runs in the game to get each off the schneid.
“This [Nationals] line-up is really really good,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “Even though they haven’t been performing perfectly over the last couple weeks, it’s a giant of a line-up and a very deep line-up and a good line-up, and they’re going to make you pay for [pitching] mistakes.”
The Nationals knocked out the Phillies starter Nick Pivetta in the second inning, and Phillies manager Gabe Kapler went through 6 pitchers tonight. We will see what effect the bullpen usage will have on the Phillies the rest of the weekend.
Juan Soto raised his season totals up with his monster offensive barrage in the City Of Brotherly Love. His 1.067 OPS ranks tops in the NL for anyone with at least 100 at-bats, and Soto’s WAR total is up to +1.7 which he has accomplished in only 116 at-bats. You can extrapolate or interpolate and crunch those numbers for a full-season and contemplate whether or not a player like Juan Soto is All-Star worthy. There will certainly be players who make the All-Star roster who won’t exceed Soto’s value.
“Everybody had fun,” Soto said. “Everybody just hears the sound of the ball, and wants to see how far the ball is going [on the home runs]. We have fun with that.”
Tomorrow the Nats will recall Jeremy Hellickson and the corresponding roster move will be moving a reliever off the roster. The game will be attended by the TravelNats group led by Draz who deserves a lot of credit for putting the trip together.