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Yankees 11, Angels 3: Soriano destroys baseballs, Yanks club Weaver

Setting a career-high in RBI yesterday wasn't enough for Sori.

Rich Schultz

When the Yankees traded for Alfonso Soriano on July 26th, they hoped he could bring some righthanded power to a Yankees lineup that so desperately needed it. The next couple weeks though, he was inconsistent and only batting .193/.220/.368 over 59 plate appearances with 19 strikeouts. Fortunately, he chose a good time to get hot when the Angels came to town. After a multi-homer game last game and a career-high six RBI, Sori went one better against ace Jered Weaver and belted two homers again tonight with seven RBI.

According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's only the third time since the RBI stat was established in 1920 that a player has had consecutive six-RBI games. Soriano needed the baserunners to get on in front of him to accomplish the feat, but it's certainly impressive nonetheless. He's gone 6-for-9 over two games with a walk, a double, and four homers, good for a combined +.633 WPA. That's doing work. He was such a star tonight that he completely overshadowed Robinson Cano's perfect 4-for-4. day, too.

Soriano wasted no time in ruining Weaver's day. The righty got the first two outs, but gave up a single to Cano and a double to left by Alex Rodriguez. He walked Curtis Granderson (who had a multi-hit game himself), and then threw a one-strike fastball down the heart of the plate to Soriano, who absolutely crushed it. The long drive to center soared over the wall to Monument Park for a grand slam, giving the Yankees a 4-0 lead and a great start to the game.

An inning later, the Yankees matched that four-spot against Weaver with four more runs on four hits and two walks, almost all of which came with two outs again. Soriano capped the inning with a liner down the left field line, a two-run double. Three innings later, Weaver was still on the mound and Soriano came up to the plate for the third time on the night, and Weaver threw another fastball in the middle to him. The pitch was deposited into the left seats for a solo homer, his seventh RBI of the night, a new career-high. Yesterday is so far away. Soriano is the first Yankee to have back-to-back multi-homer games since Jason Giambi in 2005.

Ivan Nova flew under the radar with another strong performance, his seventh consecutive start of at least seven innings. That's a remarkable stretch for a guy who seemed completely lost at the beginning of the season. He finished with 7 1/3 innings, six strikeouts, and no walks. He did give up three runs on ten hits, but Trout had two of those hits and RBI, so they shouldn't really count since he plays baseball in God mode. Preston Claiborne gave the rest of the bullpen the night off by closing out the game with 1 2/3 innings of scoreless ball on two hits.and no walks.

The Yankees have now won four games in a row and five of the previous six. They will go for the four-game sweep tomorrow afternoon when Phil Hughes takes on C.J. Wilson at 1:05.

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