The veteran left fielder, who the Yankees acquired in a trade on July 26, continued his hot hitting for his new club, going 3-for-3 with seven RBIs, including a grand slam in the bottom of the first inning that put New York up 4-0, a two-run double that made it 8-0 in the bottom of the second, and a solo homer that extended the lead to 9-3 in the bottom of the fifth.
Since returning to the team he began his MLB career with in 1999, Soriano has seemed rejuvenated. In fact, Wednesday’s incredible performance came on the heels of a 14-7 win over the Angels on Tuesday, in a game that saw the 37-year-old go deep twice and drive in six runs.
Those certainly aren’t a bad two days at the office, and if Soriano can continue to give the Yankees even half the production that he has over the past couple of games, they may not be as dead in the water as some people were making them out to be.
After all, despite all of their injury issues and the steroid scandal surrounding third baseman Alex Rodriguez, they are still just 5.5 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics for the two AL Wild Card spots.
The Yankees have really started to hit as of late, which has been a problem all season. After taking two of three from the powerful Detroit Tigers, they’ve have now won the first three games of a four-game series that concludes on Thursday.
All that remains to be seen is just how far Soriano can carry them.