NEW YORK — While the Yankees boast a lot of young talent of their own, it was the 19-year old Juan Soto that was the star of tonight’s 5-4 Washington win over New York, at Yankee Stadium.
Soto first gave the Nats the lead with a three-run homer that just got over the left field fence. His solo shot off of Chasen Shreve, however, was a no-doubter at 436 feet and gave Washington the lead for good.
Things were immediately shaky for Sonny Gray, who gave up four runs on seven hits. In a 34-pitch first inning, he was fortunate to have only allowed one run after allowing the first two Nats to get on base.
Though Greg Bird would give him back the lead, 2-1, with a solo shot in the second, Gray continued to struggle putting away batters all night.
After Soto’s first homer, Gleyber Torres retied the game for New York with a long home run of his own over the visitor’s bullpen in left field. Though the Yankees scored four runs off of Erick Fedde, they could not get anything done against the Washington bullpen.
In the ninth, against Sean Doolittle, Aaron Boone decided against using Gary Sanchez as a pinch-hitter, even with the team down a run and the bottom of the order due up against the lefty.
Notably, the Yankees were able to get themselves out of many jams with some good defense. A couple of good pickoffs by Gray and a caught stealing by Austin Romine on Michael A. Taylor allowed New York to get out of some jams.
New York begins a four-game set against the Tampa Bay Rays at home tomorrow, with Domingo German facing Blake Snell in the series opener.