There’s an old adage in sports that says you have to learn how to lose before you can win. The Washington Nationals have certainly learned that as a franchise over the last decade and a half, but outfielder Juan Soto never has. The 20-year old delivered in Game 1 of the World Series against the Houston Astros on Tuesday night to the tune of driving in three runs total, and scoring once, in a 3-4 display.
The game started brightly for the home Astros, who pounced upon Max Scherzer for two runs in the bottom of the first via a double from Yuli Gurriel. A home run in the top of the second saw Washington get a run back thanks to Ryan Zimmermann, the career Nat. Soto then produced the tying run in the top of the fourth, blasting a solo shot to even it up at 2-2. In the top of the fifth, the Nationals did more damage, with Adam Eaton singling to right to drive in a run to make it 3-2. Soto then put the icing on top of the cake by smashing a deep double to plate two more runs, handing the Nationals a 5-2 advantage. George Springer did his best Juan Soto impression late on, driving in runs in the seventh and eighth frames, via a homer and a double, but it was not enough as the Nats held on to win Game 1 5-4.