In the last 72 hours, Jose Abreu has six hits.
Four of those six hits have been home runs.
The White Sox used three home runs (two by Abreu) in a 7-3 win on Thursday against the Cleveland Indians. Abreu homered in the second and fifth innings in a 2-for-4 night at the plate. In 40 at-bats so far this season, Jose Abreu is hitting .300 on the dot, with four home runs and 14 RBI’s.
Jose Abreu's 14 RBI in first 10 games of season is most by a #WhiteSox player since Ron Kittle (1983 AL ROY) in 1983
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 11, 2014
Abreu’s bat wasn’t the only bat in the Sox lineup that provided a pop on Thursday. Alexei Ramirez continued his sizzling start with a 2-for-4 night, a home run and three RBI’s. Ramirez has recorded a hit in all 10 White Sox games to start the year.
The night didn’t get off to the best of starts for the Sox. John Danks gave up two of his three earned runs in the first inning. Cleveland scored and the Sox defense committed an error before Danks even recorded an out. After a 27-pitch first inning, Danks went five gritty innings and only gave up one more earned run after the first. Danks gave up six hits, three earned runs, walked two and struck out four to pick up his first win of the season.
After Danks’ night ended, the Sox bullpen stepped up and sat the Indians down in impressive fashion. Daniel Webb worked the seventh and eighth innings to pick up his first hold of the year. Webb threw 26 pitches on Thursday, didn’t give up a hit or walk and struck out two. Matt Lindstrom finished off the ninth for the Sox in a non-save situation.
- Jose Abreu‘s bat is a weapon of mass destruction. Here’s the first of his two home runs tonight: Abreu’s bomb to left center. Once is solid, but twice is nice: Abreu’s laser to left for his second HR of the night.
- White Sox hitters struck out 12 times in the win. Every Sox hitter struck out at least once (except Alexei Ramirez and pinch-hitter Jordan Danks). Conor Gillaspie and Adrian Nieto struck out three times each.
- John Danks is a flat-out competitor. Danks and the Sox defense got off to a horrid start on Thursday, but Danks was a grinder the next five innings. It was a pretty outing from Danks, but he got the job done.
- How about the Sox bullpen? Nine up and nine down for Daniel Webb and Matt Lindstrom. That should give the pen some confidence.
- A White Sox win on Thursday snapped a 14-game losing streak against the Indians, dating back to last season.
CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes tweeted out some solid stats about the White Sox and their 5-5 start:
#WhiteSox have scored 61 runs in 10 games this season. Jose Abreu's line: .300/.383/.725 with 4 homers and 14 RBIs. Team OBP is .348.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) April 11, 2014
Positive Sox Tweet of the Night:
Jose Abreu is the best Cuban-born hitter to join MLB in the last quarter century, Cuban baseball expert Peter Bjarkman told me this winter.
— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 11, 2014
Just for the record, I’m a Yoenis Cespedes fan (here’s a visual example why), but watching Jose Abreu in these first 10 games has got me thinking personally. Just a positive thought for White Sox fans to ponder on.