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Max Scherzer takes line drive to knee, stays in game against Phillies

Max Scherzer takes line drive to knee, stays in game against Phillies

Nationals fans saw their lives flash before their eyes in the fourth inning of Sunday night's game against the Phillies. Max Scherzer threw a pitch to Philadelphia outfielder Michael Saunders, who hit a line drive into Scherzer's knee area. 

The reigning NL Cy Young winner lept forward and dropped into the grass in pain. He tried to get up and walk it off, but laid back down in the infield as trainers came out to assess the damage. 

But then miraculously – or maybe not because it's Scherzer – he got up again. After a few paces it was clear that he wanted to stay in the game. Scherzer threw a few test pitches and then got right back to it. 

Here's video of the whole thing:

https://twitter.com/TheRenderMLB/status/863917717820231680

Fans reacted to the double shock of seeing Scherzer hit and then return to the mound by giving him a standing ovation in the middle of the fourth inning. 

Even the media at Nats Park was equal parts scared and impressed. 

The Nats didn't escape the inning unscathed, though. Scherzer gave up two runs after his return to give the Phillies a 2-1 lead. 

And just in case you're wondering, he came back in the fifth inning and struck out the side in nine pitches. 

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

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- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.