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26-22, 3rd in NL East

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

The Nationals' 3-1 loss to the Padres means they finish their homestand with a 2-4 record. Despite a 15-6 record since April 29th (best in the NL), the Nats are still under .500 at home. They're one of three teams that have a winning record on the season, but a losing record at home. The Angels and Rockies are the others.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Including Erick Fedde's outing againt the Padres today (5.2 IP, 1 ER), Nationals starters have now gone 23 consecutive games allowing three earned runs or less. That's the longest streak since the Cubs went 23 straight in May/June of 2016.

Padres capitalize on Harper's error (0:42)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper taketh away, Bryce Harper giveth. After making a fancy diving grab to end the fifth, Harper bobbled a would-be inning-ending fly ball near the right field wall in the sixth. The two-base error allowed a pair of runs to score. Harper entered today tied for last in the National League with minus-6 runs saved.

Harper snags line drive for diving catch (0:17)

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Juan Soto, who walked three times on 12 pitches, on if it was hard to stay patient at the dish: ""Not much, because I know the strike zone, and the umpires are better here. So I take advantage of that." How's that for 19 going on 29?

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Centerfielder Michael A. Taylor's run-saving throw home in the sixth was clocked at 98.8 miles an hour. "If we need someone to pitch," said Nats skipper Davey Martinez, "it might be Michael."

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

As encores go, Juan Soto's wasn't too shabby. After homering in his first MLB start on Monday, the 19-year old Nats rookie reached base all four times against the Padres on Tuesday (single, three walks), including a leadoff walk to start the ninth. He came around to score on Michael A. Taylor's walkoff double. Washington wins 2-1.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper is back to doing Bryce Harper things. For the second night in a row, he's gone deep against the Padres. This one, a mammoth blast to dead center, gives him 15 homers on the season, tops in the NL. Harper, whose average had dipped to .224 a couple days ago, has four hits and a walk in the first two games of the San Diego series.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

"It was pretty easy." - Nats manager Davey Martinez on the decision to start Juan Soto for a second straight day. On Monday, the 19-year old outfielder went yard in his first MLB start, becoming the first teenager to homer since Bryce Harper in 2012. Just like yesterday, the lefty-hitting Soto will face a southpaw (Padres SP Eric Lauer). In the minors this year, Soto posted a 1.360 against lefties.


BBTN: Cora, Youth Served In NL East, Numbers Game

After a fascinating conversation with Red Sox manager Alex Cora (:39), Buster & Jerry Crasnick discuss the exciting youth in the NL East, Manny Machado's future & more (13:30). Plus, Sarah Langs' "Numbers Game" (34:11).

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Nats beat the Padres 10-2 behind four bombs: A pair from Mark Reynolds, one from Bryce Harper, and one from 19-year old Juan Soto, who in his first start became the first teenager to homer in MLB since...Bryce Harper.

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Soto, 19, starts for Nats, homers in 1st at-bat

Nationals phenom Juan Soto got his first start Monday and homered in his first at-bat. At 19 years, 208 days old, he's the youngest major leaguer to hit a home run in more than 15 years.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Bryce Harper, who doubled earlier in the game, just went oppo for his 14th home run of the season. Despite a prolonged cold spell, Harper - who entered today hitting .173 since April 17th - still leads the National League in homers.

Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Making his first start for the Nationals, 19-year old Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat against Padres starter Robbie Erlin. The opposite field shot drew a curtain call from the crowd at Nats Park.


Eddie Matz ESPN Senior Writer 

Juan Soto's ascent to the bigs was so sudden that he doesn't even have a name plate above his locker yet. The 19-year old outfielder, who was called up over the weekend and is MLB's youngest player, gets his first start tonight for a Nats squad that's been absolutely ravaged by injuries. Soto was hitting .362 with 14 homers in the minors this year, but has just 31 at-bats above single-A.

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Nats put Madson on DL with pectoral strain

The Nationals placed right-handed reliever Ryan Madson (pectoral muscle strain) on the disabled list Sunday "just to be safe," according to manager Dave Martinez.

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Team Stats

  • Pitching
  • Batting
Earned Run Average3.427th
Quality Starts26Tied-10th
Batting Average.23821st
On Base Percentage.32310th
Slugging Percentage.40514th