05/02/08 9:09 PM ET
Soto unharmed from Fielder's slide
Cubs catcher run over by hulking Brewers first baseman
By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com
Fielder was trying to score from second on Bill Hall's single to right, and collided with Soto at home plate to end the sixth inning on Thursday. Wrigleyville residents may have felt as if they were experiencing aftershocks from another earthquake.
"He's a big, strong kid," Soto said of Fielder, although he could easily be talking about himself. "You have to stay there and take it; that's your job."
Soto could see Fielder coming as he rumbled around third base.
"What are you going to do? You can't go running," Soto said. "You have to stay focused and get down. The most important thing is, you can't go force on force. You have to take it so you don't get hurt. He's the one with momentum. You just take it.
"He's going to win anyways -- he's going to roll you over anyways," Soto continued. "You stay there and get the hit and get an out."
Soto and Cubs manager Lou Piniella both agreed it was a clean hit, but the Cubs-Brewers series has produced a few others.
"They play hard against us, and it's something we should take notice of," Piniella said. "We weren't pleased with [Ryan] Braun sliding into [Ryan] Theriot high [in the sixth inning on Tuesday]. I'm not saying it was dirty, but it's something that we should keep in mind."
Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.