Future Dodger? Juan Soto, lowly Nats cool off LA in 4-1 win

by | Jul 26, 2022 | Sports

LOS ANGELES — Juan Soto’s RBI triple capped a four-run fifth inning and the lowly Washington Nationals defeated the NL West-leading Dodgers 4-1 on Monday night, snapping Los Angeles’ 11-game home winning streak.The Nationals (33-65) brought the worst record in the majors into Dodger Stadium, where they won for the first time since the 2019 NL Division Series, against the team with baseball’s best record (64-31). The Dodgers’ season-high eight-game overall winning streak ended.Soto said before the game he’s trying not to think about the trade talk swirling around him ahead of the Aug. 2 trade deadline. The crowd of 48,647 sure didn’t help. The “Future Dodger” fan chants Soto heard during the All-Star Game in LA last week echoed from the upper deck during his at-bats. He was heartily applauded in his first plate appearance.The 23-year-old All-Star right fielder left his trophy from winning last week’s Home Run Derby in the visitors’ clubhouse, knowing that he’d soon be back here. The Nationals haven’t signaled that they’re looking to unload the left-handed hitter with a .248 average and .895 OPS. But that hasn’t stopped the growing speculation, especially after Soto turned down a contract extension offer worth $440 million.“We don’t need anything but I stand by any team can alwa …

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