Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Soriano Shines in Win

Before Soriano hit two home runs the Yankees were shaking at their cores after Robinson Cano was hit in the hand by a pitch from JA Happ, who coincidentally broke Granderson's hand in the first game of spring training which led to the first of Granderson's two DL stints with broken bones in his hand. Robinson Cano was tested and his x-ray shows that he is day-to-day with a bruised hand and will be back sooner rather than later. Alfonso Soriano must be on one of his hot streaks right now because he belted two home runs, the first of which was a three-run shot and the second was the 400th of his Major League career. Soriano also made an unbelievable catch in left field in the ninth inning when the Yankees had a six run lead. He leapt and made the catch on a fly ball by Kawasaki that almost went over his head and would have surely scored two runs to make it a 7-3 game to make the contest more interesting. Soriano's 27th and 28th homers gave him a total of four RBI and 34 RBI in 28 games with the Yankees which is an astonishingly high mark. Without Soriano the Yankees would have been dead in their tracks and would have already been looking toward next year, much like the Mets who after finding out about Matt Harvey's devastating injury, traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pirates for a decent prospect.

Andy Pettitte has officially turned the corner after a horrible two months earlier in the season and delivered one of the best performances he has given all season long. Pettitte lasted seven full innings, allowing no runs on only five hits. He struck out three batters and walked two. Adam Warren would eat the final two innings to save their bullpen so they could unload all of their weapons before an off-day on Thursday. This was an important win for the Yankees because by winning this game they still have a chance to take the series in Toronto against a pitiful Blue Jays team that has been underwhelming all season long. With the talent on the team, the Toronto Blue Jays should not be in last place. However, with a shaky bullpen and an often injured starting lineup, it is troublesome to find a way to win games.

The Yankees will send their best to the mound tomorrow evening to face the Blue Jays. The Yankees are feeling good about themselves after blasting four homers in tonight's win. What gives you even more confidence is that Alex Rodriguez is beginning to find his power stroke which will come in handy against a crucially important series against the Orioles this upcoming weekend.

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