Even if Brian Cashman was or wasn’t totally on board with the acquisition of Alfonso Soriano, and even though he had been in a slump adding him, along with the returns of Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson have certainly made this lineup deeper. The question was when was the lineup going to hang a nine spot on someone? Well, thanks to Angel pitching, that breakout came on this night as the Yankees beat the Angels 14-7.
The Angels got off to the quick lead off CC Sabathia. With two out, Mike Trout walked and Mark Trumbo followed it up with his 26th homer of the year. The Yankees would respond off Jason Vargas though.
Vernon Wells got to his former team with his 11th homer of the year in the second. The Angels came back though in the third.
J.B. Shuck walked. Collin Cowgill just wanted to bunt him over and did, but Jayson Nix‘s error allowed Cowgill to reach. After a strikeout, Trumbo reached when Eduardo Nunez committed an error. Ex-Yankee Chris Nelson followed with a walk. Sabathia would get out of it and then the offense would take over.
In the fourth, Wells singled and Curtis Granderson followed with a double. Nix’s groundout made it 3-2. In the fifth Nunez singled and Soriano followed with his 21st homer of the year to give the Yankees the lead.
In the sixth, Nix walked and Lyle Overbay singled. Austin Romine bunted them over a base. Nunez’s groundout brought in a run and Soriano brought Overbay home with a single. Robinson Cano walked and Alex Rodriguez brought them both home with a double (and no Boos!)
The Yankees added to it off Joe Blanton in the seventh. Granderson, Overbay and Romine singled. Nunez groundout brought home another run and Soriano’s second homer of the night brought home three more. Nunez would add to his RBI total in the eighth with a two-run single.
Shuck and Trout would homer in the ninth to make the score a bit more interesting.
YGY Player Of The Game: Soriano
Notes: Chris Stewart got the night off after taking a backswing to the knuckle last night. Nix may see some time at first base as he’s been taking grounders there.