Another home run, another career marker. On Thursday, the right fielder Juan Soto rocked a 90.1 mph fastball from Elieser Hernandez to center field with his personal best in HR at 114.1 mph, in the loss of the Washington Nationals by score of 7-5 against the Miami Marlins at LoanDepot Park. It was his third strongest hit ball in his four-year career.
Soto’s shot traveled 433 feet, marking his second-longest hit of the season. Manager Dave Martinez noticed the lift in Soto’s swing. Here the video:
With all the power that Soto exudes when hitting home runs, he pays more attention to the speed of his hits in the infield. On August 17, he recorded his strongest batted ball ever: a 116.6 mph double to right-center field against the Blue Jays.
After hitting 11 home runs in 79 games in the first half of the season, Soto has been hitting at a rapid pace. Thursday marked his 10th home run in 36 games since the All-Star break. The efficiency is even more remarkable given that he also drew 42 walks (walks) in that stretch.
Soto’s home run provided a spark on a night when the Marlins’ pitch shut down the offense, at least until a two-run rally in the ninth inning. Left-hander Patrick Corbin was shaken after allowing six runs in just three innings, his second-shortest outing of a bumpy season.
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Soto is leaving Miami and heading to Queens building on this momentum for a three-game weekend series, where he has done a lot of damage before against the Mets. He hit the two longest home runs of his career at Citi Field last season.