Alfonso Soriano set a career high last night in RBI with six against the Los Angeles Angels. He already tied last night’s RBI total in the first two innings tonight. In both innings, he came up with the bases loaded with two outs and both times he did not disappoint. In the first, he hit a grand slam to center field off Jered Weaver’s fastball. In his second at bat, in the second inning, he hit another fastball out over the plate to left for a two-run double.
Soriano is a streaky hitter and when he’s hot, he is very hot. He now has three home runs and 12 RBI in the last 11 innings that he’s played. That is a good month for some hitters. With those three homers, he has hit them to all parts of the park, one to left, one to center and one to the short porch in right that hit the top of the wall.
This is exactly what the New York Yankees were looking for when they traded for Soriano, and he’s taking advantage of the dimensions in Yankee Stadium. With some oomph added to this Yankees lineup, it looks like a different team, especially because Yankee Stadium is a notorious home-run hitters park, it was startling not to see any sort of power throughout the order. With the additions of Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and of course, Soriano, it should be interesting to watch and see if they can make some noise for the next six weeks and make a playoff push. If not, then at least it will be more satisfying and fun to watch this team score more than two runs a game.