Sure, Jose Abreu has only played in 42 games. Yes, Jose Abreu hasn’t endured the “dog days” of July and August in a Major League Baseball season yet. And yeah, calling Jose Abreu “The Next Frank Thomas” or “The Next Andres Galarraga” is quite a bold statement this early into Abreu’s career.
But as each day passes, Jose Abreu continues to show that he belongs with the best baseball players in the world.
In the eighth inning on Wednesday afternoon, Abreu laced his major league-leading 15th home run off the facing of the second deck in left field at the O.Co Coliseum in Oakland to give the White Sox a 4-2 lead. Longtime White Sox play-by-play Ken “Hawk” Harrelson said that Abreu’s home run “was the fastest that he has ever seen a ball leave the ballpark”.
I mean, Hawk has seen a ton of baseball in his lifetime, but the ball did leave the yard pretty freakin’ quick.
(The “Big Bertha!” call from Hawk was a great call and amazing television.)
Abreu’s laser-beam saved the White Sox from a sweep to Oakland and their sixth loss in the last seven games. Sox infielders Gordon Beckham and Conor Gillaspie chipped in offensively with six of the team’s nine hits on the day.
The real difference in the game was the Sox pitching. Andre Rienzo was great in his six innings of work. Other than two solo shots off of Rienzo in six innings, Oakland only logged one other hit (and that came in the ninth inning).
Sitting at 20-22 on the season, the Sox head for an off-day on Thursday and then travel to Houston for a weekend series with the Astros. Jose Quintana will get the ball for the Good Guys on Friday night at Minute Maid Park.
White Sox Notes:
- Good news on the injury front for the Sox. Adam Eaton will be joining the roster this weekend in Houston. Eaton will play two games for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights, including Chris Sale‘s first rehab start. Eaton will then play four innings for the Knights in Norfolk and then join the Sox in Houston on Sunday afternoon.
- In his last nine games, Gordon Beckham is hitting .378 with three home runs and six runs batted in. En fuego.
- The Sox are now 5-0 in games that Andre Rienzo has started this season.
CSN Chicago’s Dan Hayes tweeted out another intriguing call-up for the Sox in the last 24 hours:
#WhiteSox will also promote RHP Tyler Danish to Single-A Winston-Salem tomorrow. He was 3-0 w/ 0.71 ERA in 38 IP at Kannapolis this season.
— Dan Hayes (@DanHayesCSN) May 14, 2014
Danish was the second-round pick of the White Sox in the 2013 Amateur Draft.
Weird Sox Fact of the Day, courtesy of CSN Chicago’s stat guru Christopher Kamka:
Last time #WhiteSox allowed 2 hits, both solo HR: 5/31/2007 vs Blue Jays. Halladay vs Buehrle. HR: Aaron Hill & Frank Thomas
— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) May 14, 2014