Future Dodger? Juan Soto, Lowly Nats Snap LA’s 8-Game Win-Streak in 4-1 Win – Los Angeles

Juan Soto’s RBI triple capped a four-run fifth inning and the lowly Washington Nationals defeated the NL West-leading Dodgers 4-1 on Monday night, snapping Los Angeles’ 11-game home winning streak.

The Nationals (33-65) were the worst team in the majors to Dodger Stadium. There, they beat the team with the best record in baseball (64-31). The Dodgers’ eight-game winning streak in all seasons ended with a record-breaking eight games.

Soto stated before the game that he tried to forget about all the trade talk going on around him prior to the Aug. 2 deadline.

The 48,647 crowd sure wasn’t helpful.

The “Future Dodger”Soto was greeted by a chorus of cheers from his fans during last week’s All-Star Game in Los Angeles. His first plate appearance was a huge success.

The 23-year-old All-Star right fielder left his trophy from winning last week’s Home Run Derby in the visitors’ clubhouse, knowing that he’d soon be back here.

The Nationals aren’t indicating that they want to sell the left-handed hitter, who has a.248 batting average and.895 OPS. However, speculation is growing after Soto rejected a $440 million contract extension.

“We don’t need anything but I stand by any team can always get better,”When asked about Soto’s performance before the game, Dave Roberts, Dodgers manager, said that. “Juan is a very talented player.”

Soto was 2 for 4, with a strikeout, and a walk. Trea Turner is a former Nats player with whom Soto keeps in regular contact.

The Nationals batted around in the fifth when Yadiel Hernández led off with an opposite-field solo shot over the wall in left that tied the game 1-1.

After two quick outs Tony Gonsolin (11-0) gave up four consecutive base hits in his first appearance since taking the loss for NL in All-Star Game. Ehire Adrianza and Victor Robles singled back-to-back before César Hernández hit a bloop single inside the third-base line to make it 2-1.

Washington’s lead at 4-1 was extended by Soto’s 2-run triple over first-base bag.

In the bottom of an inning, the Dodgers were on base with the tying runs. Gavin Lux and Max Muncy singled back to back off Nats starter Paolo Espino. Andres Machado (1-0), came in to relieve Cody Bellinger, before walking Trayce Thomson to load the bases. Mookie Betts struck out for a called third strike. Turner was able to line out to the right for the final out.

Kyle Finnegan pitched in the ninth to secure his third save.

Washington loaded the bases in an eighth for Reyes Moronta who threw 31 pitches, and only 15 for strikes. Two wild pitches were made by Washington, and he hit Keibert Ruiz. Robles ended the threat.

In the eighth, the Dodgers had the potential to tie the game. Turner and Jake Lamb walked before Carl Edwards Jr. struckout Muncy for the third.

Thompson, who was batting in the ninth spot for the 1-0 lead, went deep with two strike and two outs in third.

Turner’s fourth-inning ground rule double to deep center extended his 12-game hitting streak. Freddie Freeman went 0-4 with a hit to end his 12-game hitting streak.

TRAINER’S ROHROOM

Dodgers, 3B Justin Turner (abdomen), could return Tuesday or Wednesday. RHP Brusdar Grraterol (shoulder), played catch, but there is no timetable to get him on a mound. Next week, OF Chris Taylor (foot), will go on a rehabilitation assignment. RHP Walker BUEHLLER (elbow), played catch his first game since his flexor strain last month.

UP NEXT

Nationals: Josiah Gray (7-6; 4.40 ERA) will make his second career start against his old team. He made his MLB debut last July at Dodger Stadium against the Giants.

Dodgers: RHP Mitch White (1-1, 3.78) will face the Nationals for his first career match.

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