When Alfonso Soriano is on, he’s REALLY on. And right now it’s safe to say that the 37 year old slugger is NOT off.
Soriano, who the Yanks picked up at the end of July via a trade with the Chicago Cubs, was brought to the Bronx to help boost the Pinstripes ailing offense. In his first 15 games in New York, however, he struggled at the plate, logging only 11 hits. Then, on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Angels, Sori had a monster night, hitting a pair of homers and driving in 6. The Yankees won the game, finishing with 14 runs. Soriano, who played on some offensively super-potent Yankees teams in the early 2000s, said after the game, “It felt more like the old days.”
Soriano was clearly locked in again last night. He started off the game spectacularly, hitting a towering grand slam off of Angels ace Jared Weaver in the first inning to give the Yankees a 4-0 lead. Soriano drove in two more in the second inning with a frozen rope of a double to left. In his third AB, he blasted a long solo home run to left. The Yankees won by a tally of 11-3, their fourth straight win, and Soriano finished 3 for 3 at the plate with a walk and 7 RBIs.
Today was not as good as the past two for the Yankees, as they saw their short winning streak snapped, but Soriano was again on his game, finishing 4 for 5 at the plate with an RBI.
He is now 10 for 14 with 4 homers and a ridiculous 14 RBIs in the Yankees’ last three outings. Along with a hot Robinson Cano (who has gotten on base 11 times in the past three days), Soriano has the Yankees offense suddenly looking much more potent, with Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson also adding to the mix.
The Yankees are heading to Fenway this weekend to take on the AL East-leading Red Sox. The Bombers who are still (barely) in the American League Wild Card conversation, are likely going to need Soriano to continue to burn up down the stretch to make a run at a playoff spot.