Sunday, July 28, 2013
Jeter and Soriano end Yankees drought
By ESPN Stats & Information
Linda Cataffo/Getty ImagesThe New York Yankees’ power outage is officially over.
Alfonso Soriano and Derek Jeter both homered for the Yankees on Sunday.
Alfonso Soriano arrived via trade, Derek Jeter returned from the disabled list, and now the Yankees can forget about the recent issues that plagued them at the plate.
Jeter homered in his first at-bat since being activated from the DL to snap the Yankees’ streak of nine straight games without a home run, which was their longest streak since 1984.
It also snapped the Yankees’ streak of 28 straight games without a home run by a right-handed batter. Their last homer by a right-handed batter before Jeter’s long ball was by Jayson Nix on June 25.
Additionally, Jeter’s homer was only the third by a Yankees shortstop all season. Nix has the other two.
In Soriano’s third game with the Yankees, he hit his first home run as a Yankee since 2003. After lacking power from right-handed batters, they all of a sudden had two right-handed homers in the same game for the first time since May 15.
But Soriano wasn’t finished. With the game tied in the bottom of the ninth, Soriano’s game-winning single was his 13th career walk-off hit and fourth walk-off hit as a Yankee. His last walk-off hit as a Yankee (June 2003) also came against the Rays (then known as the Devil Rays).
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Soriano is the first Yankee with at least four hits, including a walk-off hit, since Johnny Damon (6-for-6, walk-off single in ninth inning) on June 7, 2008, against the Royals.