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Phillies fans take over Camden Yards

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Phillies fans take over Camden Yards

Like any other pest, if you kick them out of your house they will find somewhere else to go.

Washington Nationals fans may have finally outnumbered the Phillies faithful during their series back in May, but those from Philly have found another ballpark to infiltrate. Over the weekend the Baltimore Orioles took care of the Phillies in a three-game series, but the crowd in attendance featured a clear majority of red and blue merchandise.

Less than 100 miles away from Philadelphia, it was just a short trip down I-95 for Phillies fans and thousands upon thousands of them made the trip. Baltimore's WNST captured the scene and have produced video evidence of the takeover.

The sight is overwhelming, nearly everyone outside of Oriole Park at Camden Yards is showing their support for the other team. Now, to be fair, the Phillies playing in Baltimore is a rare occasion. The teams last played eachother in 2009 and the Phillies haven't visited Camden Yards since 2006. It was essentially a rare opportunity to see Phillies players aim for the warehouse.

But still, Nationals Park hasn't been invaded like this in a long time. The domination of Phillies fans, at least on Sunday when this video was filmed, is complete over those in orange, white, and black. The two lessons of this story are this:

1) Nationals fans should be thankful this doesn't happen anymore, or at least this bad
2) Orioles fans should be thankful they don't host the Philies more often than once or twice a decade

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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.

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.

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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.