Juan Soto went into the ninth inning of Monday night’s game against the Atlanta Braves with a couple of loud outs but no hits to show for it. The reigning NL Player of the Week had recorded at least one hit in each of his last five games and had one last chance to extend his streak.
Stepping into the batter’s box against reliever Will Smith, Soto did just that—and he knew it right off the bat too.
As he stepped out of the batter’s box, Soto took a few extra seconds to watch the ball fly 445 feet to straightaway center field. It was a no-doubter and Soto stared Smith down before trotting around the bases.
Here’s a closer look.
Smith wasn’t happy with Soto, yelling a few choice words at the left fielder as he ran to first.
However, it was Smith and the Braves who got the last laugh. Atlanta rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth and won on a walk-off home run by Dansby Swanson.