Did that just happen?
After last night’s heart attack special, tonight’s game was relatively easy to watch. Sure, there were some frustrating moments with CC Sabathia pulling a Jekyll and Hyde act throughout his six innings of work. He gave up three runs, two earned on three hits with six walks and seven strikeouts. But the offense exploded in a way that hasn’t been seen in what seems like years. Okay, it’s really only been a couple of months.
Alfonso Soriano was the star of the game finishing 3-6 with two home runs and six RBI. Eduardo Nunez, who led off for the Yankees, finished 2-6 with four RBI and Al from Miami, Vernon Wells hit his first home run since May – a solo shot to cut the Angels lead to 2-1 at the time – and Alex Rodriguez, finished 1-5 with two RBI.
The Yankees finished with 19 hits and three errors.
The Angels struck first in the bottom of the first after Wells didn’t quite make a play in foul territory. Well, let’s back up a couple of batters, shall we? Sabathia started off fine by striking out J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill to start the game. Then he walked Mike Trout and gave up a two-run shot to Mark Trumbo. Chris Nelson followed that up with a single but thankfully, Josh Hamilton stepped in and struck out swinging. (He doesn’t have good numbers against CC for his career.)
After Wells hit his home run in the second, the Yankees decided to play like the Bad News Bears in the third. Truthfully, they’re lucky only one scored.
The Angels threatened again in the sixth and thanks to a timely double play, aided by a questionable call by the umps, didn’t score to tie the game at four. It didn’t remain 4-3 long because in the bottom of the frame, the Yankees busted the game open with four runs. They scored on an RBI ground out by Nunez, a Soriano single and a two-run double by A-Rod.
The Yankees repeated that performance in the seventh by scoring another four runs. There was another Nunez out, this time a force so he made it to first, and a Soriano three-run homer.
The Yankees added two more in the bottom of the eighth, again Nunez knocked in two runs to make it 14-3.
Now, because it’s the 2013 Yankees and they have to make things interesting, Dellin Betances who was called up from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, gave up three runs in the form of a J.B. Shuck RBI single and a Mike Trout two-run home run. Fortunately, that was all the Angels would score. Joba Chamberlain came into the game and got Hank Conger to line out and Hamilton to strike out to end the game.
So the nearly-dead New York Yankees, the team that was going to go into a tailspin because of Alex Rodriguez’s mere presence has now won three in a row and four out of their last five.
I like this version of the 2013 Yankees, they can stay.