Over the last two-plus seasons, the Yankees have had the pleasure of watching several talented young players enjoy near-immediate success at the big league level. They witnessed another such performance on Wednesday, but this time, Juan Soto was in the opposing dugout.
The 19-year-old phenom homered twice, slugging a three-run shot off Sonny Gray and a deciding blast off Chasen Shreve, lifting the Nationals to a 5-4 victory over the Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Soto’s seventh-inning homer off Shreve marked the first run allowed by a Yankees reliever in 22 2/3 innings, dating to June 4 at Detroit.
“He has power; super young, a good hitter,” Shreve said. “I missed my spot. If you miss your spot to any big league hitter, they’re going to get you when you’re behind in the count. … I didn’t do my job. We lost the game because of it.”