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Juan Soto reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of the Yankees game against the Blue Jays during their home opener Friday.DUSTIN SATLOFF/GETTY

Juan Soto had a huge role to play in the New York Yankees series win against arch-postseason rivals Houston Astros. The Yanks won two games on the trot to extend their unbeaten streak against the Astros to six games before dropping the guard in the series finale on Thursday.

The New York Yankees suffered a narrow 3-4 defeat against the Houston Astros on Thursday due to Marcus Stroman’s rate-off outing. While the Yanks missed out on the second series sweep of the season against the Astros, Juan Soto seemed visibly annoyed with the kind of pitches coming his way during the game.


Juan Soto Sledged Astros Catcher After Second Straight Walk-In Series Finale

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In a heated matchup between the New York Yankees and the Houston Astros, tensions reached a boiling point as Juan Soto engaged in a fiery exchange with Astros catcher Yainer Diaz following his second walk of the game. It all started when the Astros were actively trying to purposely walk Soto to avoid being hit by the generational star. Soto happily walked for the first time before his frustration started to boil mid-game. The 25-year-old, who has been in sublime form this year in pinstripes, desperately wanted to hit and contribute to his team. A passionate guy like Soto can never stay much away from the game, and he just wanted to play baseball before the Astros tested his patience.

Eventually, after his second walk count, a frustrated Juan Soto sledged catcher Yainer Diaz and reprimanded the Astros for intentionally trying to walk him. Meanwhile, Diaz was caught off guard by Soto’s verbal assault. But attempted to shrug off the incident and focus on the task at hand. However, the tension lingered in the air, serving as a reminder of the fierce intensity and competitive spirit that define matchups between bitter rivals like the Yankees and Astros. Meanwhile, for Juan Soto, the exchange served as a testament to his fiery competitiveness and unyielding determination to win at all costs. With his team on the cusp of a loss, the generational talent wanted to go deep and extend the lead on the board. But the opposition’s dubious strategy stripped him of that opportunity. 

Soto Boasts Yankees Offensive Strength After Home Run Spree In Astros Series!

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The New York Yankees hitting lineup had a field day in game 2 of the three-game home series against the Houston Astros. Aaron Judge, Juan Soto, and Giancarlo Stanton homered together in the same game for the first time this season. Stanton also recorded his third hardest career hit with a 119.9 MPH moonshot in the third inning, and Soto couldn’t be happier with his new team.

After the game, Juan Soto said that New York Yankees offense is capable of much more and the true potential is yet to be unleashed. “I know it’s not gonna be easy to do that every night, but we’re really capable of doing that and more,” Soto said after the 9-4 series win over the Houston Astros on Wednesday.

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