Juan Soto hit a three-run home run in the third, cutting a 6-0 San Diego Padres’ lead in half with one swing.
Victor Robles hit a solo shot in the fourth, after Kurt Suzuki’s RBI single off Padre lefty Joey Lucchesi made it a 6-4 game.
With the Washington Nationals trailing by one run in the fifth, Carter Kieboom homered off reliever Adam Warren to complete the comeback from the early six-run deficit.
With Soto, 20, Robles, 21, and Kieboom, 21, all going yard, the Nationals became the first team to have three players under 22 all homer in the same game in MLB history.
The #Nats are the 1st team in @MLB history to have 3 players under 22 homer in the same game.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) April 28, 2019
- Juan Soto
- Victor Robles
- Carter Kieboom@EliasSports // #OnePursuit pic.twitter.com/nCI271lPWl
“These guys are exciting,” Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez said after the Nats beat the Padres, 7-6, on a walk-off home run by Matt Adams.
“I was thinking about if there was ever three 21-year-olds or 20-year-olds that hit a home run in the same game, and that’s pretty impressive. So kudos to the boys.”
“It’s impressive ... to see what they did,” Martinez added at another point in his post-game talk with reporters.
“And they were huge in our comeback, and I sat there and I go, ‘20, 21, 21, it’s pretty cool,’ and then I started thinking, ‘I wonder if that’s ever been done before?”
“That’s amazing, that’s amazing,” Soto told reporters.
“It’s like last year, everything I do, and every record I break, I feel amazing and pretty happy with that, and I just thank God for that, that I’m part of this.”
The trio were a combined 6 for 16 with four runs scored and a total of five RBIs in the win.
“Amazing. That was amazing,” Soto said of the comeback. “We never give up. That’s one of the [things] I always repeat in my mind, ‘Never give up,’ and the team always comes back and like I said, never give up. I feel pretty good with the team because we worked for that.”
Martinez’s squad got three homers and six hits from their young stars, and they received a combined total of eight scoreless innings from five relievers (Erick Fedde, Kyle Barraclough, Joe Ross, Tony Sipp, and Justin Miller) after starter Jeremy Hellickson struggled early in the outing and was lifted having given up six hits and six runs, five earned, over three innings.
“The bullpen today was outstanding, they came in and did the job, made their pitches, and that was really good to see. It’s a great win and let’s feed on that and come back tomorrow and do it again,” the second-year skipper said.
When the Nationals battled back from a six-run deficit and got the results they did from a relief corps that has struggled throughout the first 26 games this season, did he feel they had to win the game?
“Absolutely,” Martinez said. “You’ve also got to think I had three bench players, so, we were trying to put things together there at the end, and like I said, the bullpen came in and did a great job. For these guys to come back and bounce back the way they did, outstanding. Like I told them, I know they can do it, so let’s build off of that, and I told them all after the game, we’ll build off of that and we move on and here we go.”