The once mighty New York Yankees are a team now unknown. Once known as the Bronx Bombers, the Yankees are a completely different team this year as they rank among the bottom tier of teams in most offensive categories.
Robinson Cano has been trying to do everything he can to keep the Yankees afloat but the Yankees have been reeling, especially from the right side of the plate this year. The right handed hitters in the lineup had not hit a home run since June 26, a span of 28 games; their longest drought in history. As a matter of fact, the Yankees have only had one home run from the right side in the past 58 games, a span of 802 at-bats.
Desperate for help from the right side and doing all they can to push back the return of once-slugger Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees went out and acquired the player who they traded for Rodriguez 10 years ago, Alfonso Soriano, from the Chicago Cubs earlier this week. Despite the warm welcome, Soriano had not amounted too much in his first two games as he had gone 0-8 in the series versus the Tampa Bay Rays. Well, all that changed today.
The whole atmosphere changed in the Bronx with the return of the Captain Derek Jeter. In classic Jeter fashion, with the first pitch in his first at bat since coming back from the disable list for a second time, Jeter sent a rocket over the right-field wall for a solo shot that energized the Yankees. The drought was over in one swing of the bat; the Yankees found power from the right side of the plate.
Then it was Soriano’s turn to do the same as he connected on a high fastball for a two-run home run over the right field wall as well. With two swings of the bat, the Yankees now had hit two home runs from the right side of the plate in a span of three innings, something that they weren’t able to do in 58 games.
With that the Yankees went on two score five runs in three innings to take the 5-4 lead over the American League East’s second best team, the Rays. Jeter went on to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Soriano ended his hitless debut with a 4-for-5 day with three RBIs and two runs scored, he also saved his best for last.
With he game tied at 5-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Brett Gardner drew a walk to lead-off the inning, he then took second on a wild pitch. Jeter was then intentionally walked to set up a double play but Cano struck out for the first out of the inning which set up Soriano’s at-bat. This were the moments the Yankees traded for, an RBI machine to be in a position to give them a win and in his third game back with the Yankees, Soriano was about to show the Yankees they made a good deal. Soriano wasted no time as he swung at the first pitch he sees to drive the ball up the middle, allowing Gardner to score from second and give the Yankees the 6-5 victory and avoiding the sweep.
This was a win the Yankees desperately needed and it came with a desperate move working out for them as Soriano came through in the clutch while Mr. Clutch sparked the Yankees in his return from the DL. Now it will be up to Jeter and Soriano to lift the lineup from the right side as Cano has done from the left side as they await the arrival of Curtis Granderson and the circus that is Rodriguez.