“Oso” means “bear” in Spanish.
Oso is also the nickname of Chicago White Sox super slugger Jose Abreu.
In his two games since returning for the 15-day disabled list, Abreu’s been a bear at the plate. He’s 3-for-8 with a pair of home runs and five runs batted in since his return on Monday night in Los Angeles.
Abreu’s first-inning home run was all the Sox needed in a 4-1 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on Tuesday night. The home run was Abreu’s 17th of the season. Not bad for a guy who missed 14 games with a sore left ankle. The 68-million-dollar man went 2-for-4 on Tuesday with three runs batted in. Abreu’s 47 RBI’s are sixth-best in the American League.
Since Abreu’s return, the White Sox have scored six runs. Abreu has driven in five of the runs. Think the White Sox missed his presence in his lineup?
For the first time since May 6th, Hector Noesi won a game he started. I forgot to mention that it was May 6th … of the 2012 season.
Per CSN Chicago’s stat guru Christopher Kamka, 647 different pitchers won at least one major league start since Noesi’s last win.
Tuesday wasn’t a stellar outing for Noesi, but a solid, quality start nonetheless. In six innings, Noesi gave up one earned run on five hits, walked four and struck out six on 104 pitches.
The White Sox bullpen did their part in their three innings of work. The quartet of Scott Downs, Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam and Ronald Belisario walked three, but only gave up one hit. Belisario picked up his fourth save of the season against his former team.
The Sox and Dodgers conclude their three-game set on Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium. John Danks will get the start for the Good Guys. Josh Beckett gets the ball for the Dodgers. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- In the highly-anticipated match-up of Cuban stars Jose Abreu and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig, here their two games by the numbers:
Abreu: 3-for-8, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .375 BA
Puig: 2-for-8, 1 2B, 1 BB, .250 BA (and a couple really hard-hit balls)
- Speaking of hard-hit balls by Puig…
- I thought this was just awesome.