Fans come to ballparks across the country for three things: home runs, hot dogs and ice cold (insert favorite beer here). On Monday night, the White Sox hardly mustered any offense in a 8-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Tuesday was a completely different story.
The Sox pounded the Rockies, 15-3 behind six home runs and 19 hits. Jose Abreu hit his first two Major League home runs in a 2-for-5 night at the plate. Avisail Garcia snapped a 2-for-15 early season slump with 4-for-5 night that includes his first two home runs of the season. Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers each homered for the Sox in the blowout.
Abreu and Garcia are the first pair of White Sox hitters to hit two home runs each in a game since Juan Uribe and 2014 Hall of Famer Frank Thomas did it on June 8, 2004. The six home runs by the Sox on Tuesday were the most a White Sox team has hit in one game since 2009.
Every White Sox starter logged at least one hit on Tuesday. The offensive explosion was all the support Jose Quintana needed to pick up his first win of the season. Quintana went seven innings, gave up five hits, two runs (both earned), walked two and struck out four.
The Sox wrap up their three-game set in Colorado at 3:10 ET on Wednesday. Erik Johnson will get the start for the Sox and right-hander Juan Nicasio will take the hill for Colorado. Johnson is coming off a poor performance against the Kansas City Royals this past Friday. In 4 2/3 innings, Johnson gave up 10 hits, seven runs (all earned) and walked three on 98 pitches in a 7-5 Sox loss.
-I mentioned yesterday that Eaton/Semien/Abreu top of the order has to be better than 1-for-12 at the plate like they were on Monday night. On Tuesday, the trio went 8-for-14 with seven RBI’s, seven runs scored and three walks. Not too shabby.
-Welcome back, Avisail Garcia! 4-for-5 at the dish on Tuesday with a pair of home runs. If you have seen the first seven Sox games, you knew Garcia was due for a big night eventually. Tonight was that night.
-I think the catcher debate for the Sox has been settled for the time being. How good has Tyler Flowers been in these eight games? In seven starts, Flowers is 11-for-23 at the plate with four RBI’s. After an off-season of scrutiny and doubt, Flowers has been a pleasant surprise on the South Side.
One last thing: Believe the hype, ladies and gentlemen.