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Game 159 // Fifth Inning // The Nats Take Game One

Gerrit Cole has been figured out.

And these underdog Nationals just keep on rolling.



The inning starts with the game tied 2-2. Tied how?

Juan Soto.

Opposite-field solo home run in the fourth.

And an inning later it turns into the Juan Soto World Series. After Suzuki walks, Robles singles, Eaton singles home a run for the lead, and—Soto comes up again.

And the Nats take the lead. How?

Juan Soto.




Baseball’s newest superstar, doing what he does best.

Another ball crushed to the opposite field. Another chapter added to this improbable Nats’ run.

5-2 lead, and that was all they needed for the win.




As for Gerrit Cole, who wasn’t bad but wasn’t great—that unhittable, invincible ring to his name just got deadened a bit, with a few whacks of the bat. Not so loud, not so resounding. Not so listen-worthy.

And he ends the night with his first loss in 153 days.




Against a team that just can’t be called a fluke anymore. Or even an underdog.

As weird as it all seems, as unheralded as they’ve been.


These Washington Nationals might’ve just showed us that “Best Team Since June” thing has evolved a bit more real of a thing:

The best team in baseball.






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