Before tonight’s game, Joe Girardi was asked what he remembers about the first time he saw Alfonso Soriano in the Bronx more than a decade ago. “Just being a wiry kid and seeing how much power he had, it was like, ‘Wow,’” Girardi said.
Safe to say, the “wow” factor is back.
Soriano hit two more home runs tonight, set a new career-high for RBI in a game — breaking his previous record set last night — and lifted the Yankees to another lopsided win, 11-3, against the Angels. Before Tuesday, Soriano had never collected six RBI in a game. He did that in a span of three innings Tuesday night. Then he did it again in the first two innings tonight. After a two-out grand slam to dead center field in the first inning, and a two-out, two-run double to left in the second inning, he went deep again in the fifth inning — a solo shot to left — to reach seven RBI for the first time. He’s homered four times the past two nights, and the Yankees have scored in double digits in back-to-back games for the first time since early April. Not that the Yankees needed much pitching help tonight, but they got another strong start from Ivan Nova, who allowed three runs through 7.1 innings for his third straight win.
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