By Lewis Gould
Andrew Stevenson was on third for Washington, and with two outs he was going on contact.
Had Juan Soto been hustling, he very likely would’ve been safe at first, which meant Stevenson’s run would’ve counted.
Soto, however, probably assumed the ball was going to stay foul and didn’t run. Catchers typically field pop-ups with their backs to the field, as Pedro Severino did here, for the very reason that such balls tend to drift toward fair territory, and that’s exactly what happened much to Soto’s chagrin.
Dave Martinez says he told Juan Soto that not running out that popout to the catcher was "embarrassing for the whole club," then had him apologize to the team.
— Jesse Dougherty (@dougherty_jesse) May 23, 2021
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