Soriano's encore a hit in the Bronx
August, 14, 2013
By Matt Ehalt | ESPNNewYork.com
NEW YORK -- These past two nights will forever be entrenched in Alfonso Soriano's memory.
Two homers and six RBIs on Tuesday.
Two more homers and seven RBIs on Wednesday.
"I hope it stays for a couple more weeks. I know it's not going to happen often," Soriano said. "These two days are something I want to remember because I'll play for like 13 years and I'm going to remember having days like that: six RBIs, back-to-back games, six and seven."
One night after setting a career-high in RBIs, Soriano outdid himself by driving in a career-best seven runs and clubbing two more homers in the New York Yankees' 11-3 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium. Soriano has four homers and 13 RBIs in his last seven at-bats.
AP Photo/Kathy WillensAlfonso Soriano has caught fire at the right time for the Yankees.
The veteran became just the third player since 1920 to register at least six RBIs in back-to-back games, and the first since 2001. And his 13 RBIs in two games is second-most in team history, per Elias Sports Bureau.
"It's not bad," Soriano said with a laugh. "You don't see those days. I have to take those days because it's not easy. Sometimes you get one RBI in one game. I got 13 in two games. Very excited, very happy."
Since striking out in his first two at-bats on Tuesday, Soriano has been a one-man wrecking crew at the plate. He finished up Tuesday by hitting a two-run homer, RBI single and three-run homer in his final four at-bats, and carried that momentum into Wednesday's game.
Soriano got the Yankees off to a rocking start, crushing a Jered Weaver fastball over the wall in center for a grand slam that put the Yankees up 4-0 in the first. In the second, he followed with a double down the left-field line to put the Yankees up 8-0. Both hits came with two outs.
In the fifth, Soriano had the fans chanting his name once again as he smoked a solo shot to left to boost the Yankees' lead to 9-3. He finished his night off with a walk, just his third as a Yankee.
Soriano compared these two games to a pair he had with the Chicago Cubs against the Pittsburgh Pirates on May 16-17, 2008, when he went 7-for-9 with four homers and seven RBIs, hitting two home runs in each game.
"He's had a good month with these last two games," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said.
Said Soriano: "The two [homers] last night gave me more confidence for tonight and I hope to feel the same way tomorrow."
Prior to his hot streak, Soriano had been slumping as a Yankee. After going 0-for-4 on Saturday, Soriano was 10-for-50 with the club. Soriano had been stuck on 1,999 career hits, which he admitted had weighed on him while he failed to produce at the plate.
Soriano recorded the 2,000th hit Sunday, hitting a homer off Justin Verlander, and has looked like a different player since that hit.
"The 2,000 hit helps me a lot because after that I feel like I can relax," Soriano said. "I have family and friends that said before I get my 2,000th, 'When am I going to get my 2,000th?' They put a little pressure on me. Thank God that I did it and now I play the game more relaxed."