Well, it looks like the Bronx Bombers have returned to Yankee Stadium this week and it has been a welcome sight. The Yankees didn't waste any time getting on the board against Angels' starter Jered Weaver. They put up a four-spot in the bottom of the first thanks to Alfonso Soriano who hit a grand slam. Soriano has been unconscious the past two nights and he wasn't even close to being finished.
Robinson Cano made it a 5-0 game with an RBI single in the second. Curtis Granderson came up with the bases loaded after Alex Rodriguez was walked and hit an RBI single of his own to make it 6-0. Soriano also came up again in the second and again, the bases were loaded and this time, he ripped a double to left field, scoring Rodriguez and Cano to make it 8-0 Yankees.
Nope, he still wasn't done.
Soriano stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the fifth and took the first pitch he saw - another fastball from Weaver - depp into the left field seats for his second home run of the night, fourth in two days and collected his seventh RBI of the night and 13th in the past two days.
Do you think he wants the Angels to leave town? I know I don't!
Soriano became the first Yankee since Jason Giambi in 2005 to have back-to-back multi home run games. Giambi did it twice that year (7/20 and 7/21, 8/28 and 8/29).
Ivan Nova wasn't as sharp as he's been in his past few outings but he lasted 7.1 innings which makes this the seventh start in a row that he's gone at least seven innings. He's the first Yankee starter to do that since David Cone in 1998.
Nova gave up three runs on 10 hits but he didn't walk a batter, struck out six and didn't surrender any home runs. Preston Claiborne came in to finish the game and he gave up two hits in 1.2 scoreless innings.
Both teams finished with 12 hits each and both were clean defensively - no errors.
The Yankees have now scored 25 runs in the past two days which I think is more than the previous month combined! Just kidding but it sure does feel like it. And they were 5-8 with runners in scoring position.
Cano finished with four hits, Soriano with three, and Chris Stewart and Granderson each finished with two.