10:18 PMBraves manager on facing Soto in the 9th: 'You hate to see him'
Overcomes supervisor on confronting Soto in the ninth: 'You would rather not see him'
As Juan Soto keeps developing into perhaps the greatest star at only 22 years old, pretty much every restricting administrator around the group can concur on a certain something: evade Soto when it makes a difference most.
For eight innings on Tuesday, the Braves kept the supreme National League batting champion calm. Yet, when Soto took care of business in the lower part of the 10th inning following four ineffective plate appearances, three balls zoomed by him, and two sprinters were on base with the Nationals hoping to break a tied ballgame and stroll off on Opening Day.
"You prefer not to see him in that circumstance," Atlanta director Brian Snitker said postgame.
Soto squashed a line drive down focus field to drive in Victor Robles and give Washington a 6-5 rebound triumph in what was a deferred season opener following a COVID-19 flare-up delayed their arrangement against the Mets.
Not very chiefs might want to see Soto's hitting ability with the game on the line, regardless of whether it was Soto's first match dominating hit. In any case, it's not simply the 0-4 Braves or even lefty reliever Will Smith who should fear going toward any semblance of a particularly youthful phenom, however.
"I don't mind who he's confronting, the person is simply something different, that kid. No doubt, you're wanting to think not to get him in that spot," Snitker said.
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