WASHINGTON — Taijuan Walker stood astride Juan Soto after tagging him out throughout a collision at third base that the Washington Nationals slugger felt was extra violent than it wanted to be.
Walker and the Mets are punishing the NL East.
Walker pitched seven innings of no-fuss, scoreless ball, and the Mets remained unbeaten in 10 sequence this season, cruising previous the sloppy Nationals, 4-1, on Thursday.
Walker, a burly right-hander, tagged Soto at third after the Nationals’ greatest hitter made an elementary baserunning gaffe, getting himself right into a rundown after Josh Bell hit a grounder to the left aspect. Soto slid into Walker’s forearm a couple of toes in entrance of the bag and argued for an obstruction name, however Walker already had the ball when Soto bought there.
“It was sudden. I bought slightly mad as a result of it was a rundown and I did not suppose he was going to slip into me,” Walker mentioned. “Sensible play, I assume the man was going to second, however in the mean time I wasn’t too completely satisfied about it.”
After tagging Soto, Walker threw wildly to second base, and proper fielder Starling Marte threw again to 3rd to nail Bell and finish the Nationals’ greatest likelihood to rally.
“Issues like that, once we’re behind like that, these aren’t good baserunning choices,” Washington supervisor Dave Martinez mentioned. “We have to make higher choices.”
Mark Canha went 3 for 4 with a homer and three RBI for the first-place Mets, who took two of three from the last-place Nationals. The Mets have gained 9 sequence and cut up one, and hasn’t misplaced two straight video games in a month.
“We have now a hitter of the day. We give the award out once we are available,” Canha mentioned. “At this time it was me, after which, what’s cool about this workforce is, I really feel like, I am fairly certain all our hitters have gained the award sooner or later this 12 months. … Somebody all the time is the hero, and that is been the good a part of this 12 months.”
Walker (1-0) allowed three hits, walked one and threw 85 pitches within the longest of his 4 begins this season, which was interrupted by a stint on the injured record with proper shoulder bursitis.
Seth Lugo struck out two within the eighth and Edwin Díaz allowed Soto’s two-out homer within the ninth earlier than retiring Bell to finish the four-hitter.
Soto mentioned he was at fault on the rundown play, which got here after he opened the fourth inning with a double off the wall in right-center.
“I used to be simply caught in the course of nothing,” he mentioned. “I attempted to slip. I did not attempt to harm him or something like that. He is bought to present me room to not less than slide on the bottom.”