September 27, 2022
Soto, Nats looking for answers amid hitting slump

MILWAUKEE — When a Nationals lineup constructed for power delivers only nine runs in its past five games, it’s easy to look at the heart of the order that includes sluggers Juan Soto, Nelson Cruz and Josh Bell for answers: When will the offense get hot? When will the home runs start flying out of the park again? What is the key for a turnaround?

“It’s pretty tough,” said Soto. “We’ve been trying really hard. We even got around nine, 10 hits and we just scored one run. It’s pretty tough. Everybody’s trying their best and we’ve just got to get a clutch hit and I think we’re going to be fine.”

Since taking a commanding 13-6 win over the Astros on May 14, the Nationals have been outscored, 37-9, in the six following games. This span includes two shutouts and only one home run — a solo shot by Lane Thomas on Saturday.

“I’ve been feeling kind of weird,” said Soto, who went 0-for-3 on Saturday. “I’ve been working a lot on my swing, trying to figure out what’s going on. It’s pretty tough to get back [to] where I was. I’ve been watching my videos and all that stuff, but it is what it is. Right now, I’ve just been up and down. Sometimes I feel good, sometimes I feel weird. But it is what it is.”

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