Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Yankees 11, Angels 3
By Matt Ehalt
NEW YORK-- Now that's what you call an encore performance.
One night after setting his career high in RBIs, Yankees outfielder Alfonso Soriano set a new personal record by driving in seven runs in the Yankees' 11-3 win over the Angels on Wednesday night at Yankee Stadium.
Soriano has four homers and 13 RBIs in his past seven at-bats spanning Tuesday's and Wednesday's wins.
What a stretch: Soriano had been slumping before his recent tear, as manager Joe Girardi believed that career hit No. 2,000 was weighing on his mind. Since recording that hit on Sunday, which came via a home run, Soriano has been on a roll. He's 6-for-14 with the four homers and 13 RBIs since hitting the plateau. Wednesday, he hit a grand slam to center in the first to put the Yankees up 4-0, laced a two-run double to left in the second to make it 8-0, and added a mammoth solo shot to left in the fifth to boost the Yankees' edge to 9-3. He finished 3-for-3 with two runs scored and a walk.
Nova does the job:Ivan Nova didn't have to worry about giving up a few hits on this night as he had an 8-0 lead to work with after two innings. The Angels had success against him, tallying 10 hits and three runs, but Nova never let them get close. Nova improved to 6-4 despite giving up more earned runs than he had in his previous three starts combined. He lasted 7 1/3 innings, the seventh straight start that he has gone at least seven innings.
The daily A-Rod: The fans didn't seem that into Alex Rodriguez on Wednesday, partially due to Soriano's night. Rodriguez went 1-for-4 with a walk and two runs scored, as he doubled in the first inning. Rodriguez did not look that nimble in the field on Wednesday as he failed to come up with some balls.
Swinging it well: With 25 runs in their past two games, the Yankees tied their season high for a two-game stretch. They previously totaled 25 on April 8-9 against Cleveland.
Up next: The Yankees will look to sweep the Angels when Phil Hughes (4-11, 4.99 ERA) faces C.J. Wilson (12-6, 3.49) at 1:05 p.m.