Notebook: Bombers break out bats
August, 14, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
AP Photo/Kathy WillensThe Yanks set a season high in hits (19) and tied a season high in runs scored (14) in Tuesday's rout.NEW YORK -- They finally looked like the Bronx Bombers.
The Yankees tied their season high with 14 runs and clubbed a season-high 19 hits in their 14-7 win over the Angels on Tuesday night at Yankee Stadium.
The Yankees received at least one hit from every batter, with six players recording multihit games and five driving in runs.
“It felt more like the old days. We scored 14 runs today, so I hope we can do that more often," said Alfonso Soriano, who clubbed two homers and drove in a career-best six runs. "I know it can’t happen every day because the other team gets paid to get us out, but I hope we continue playing like we played tonight.”
A-ROD HELPS: Alex Rodriguez had a two-run double in the sixth inning that put the Yankees ahead 8-3. Rodriguez went 1-for-5 and once again heard a mixture of cheers and boos. The rough crowd even booed Rodriguez after he struck out in the seventh, just one at-bat after his big double.
NOT HAPPY: Girardi was not pleased that his squad failed to haul in two foul balls in the sixth inning, when the Yankees were ahead 4-3. Lyle Overbay couldn't grab one near the railing, and the next one dropped between Overbay, Curtis Granderson and Robinson Cano.
"I wasn’t real happy. It’s a tough play, but I think our guys are capable of making that play," Girardi said. "I’ll just leave it at that."
Overbay, who failed to haul in a foul ball Friday that would've ended the game only for Miguel Cabrera to follow with a game-tying homer off Mariano Rivera, said the balls had movement.
“For some reason, the ball was coming back. Even on Vernon’s ball [in the first inning] -- [Mike] Trout’s ball -- usually when a righty hits it, it slices out a little. For some reason, tonight they were coming back in," Overbay said. "That spot right there is a tough spot to catch balls for all of us. Those are spots that [are like] the Bermuda Triangle.”
BIG BREAK: The Yankees caught a big break when Chris Nelson was ruled to have left early for home on an attempted sacrifice fly in the sixth, instead resulting in an out at third. The Yankees led 4-3 at the time, and Nelson's run would have tied the game.
"I thought maybe he [left early]," third baseman Jayson Nix said. "He was there and he was gone when I looked down, so I thought maybe there was a chance that he had left early.
BETANCES STRUGGLES: This wasn't the return he hoped for.
Dellin Betances struggled in his first game since Sept. 28, 2011, as he gave up four runs in 2/3 innings. Betances entered the ninth with a 14-3 lead but had to be pulled. He gave up five hits and walked one batter while striking out a pair.
"It's not the way I wanted it to end," Betances said. "It's something I've been waiting for a long time, a couple years now. I try to go out there and get outs and get into a good rhythm and I didn't make the pitches I wanted to."
WELLS STREAK: Vernon Wells' homer in the second snapped a 208 at-bat homerless streak.
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