My Spanish isn’t the greatest, but we’ll give this a shot:
“El oso golpeó la pelota de béisbol muy, muy lejos.”
The previous sentence translated in English is “The bear hit the baseball really, really far away.” On Wednesday night, Jose Abreu did just that.
Abreu’s second-inning home run off of Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander jolted the White Sox to a 8-2 victory. The home run was the second of the season for Jose Abreu off of Verlander and his 19th home run on the season. Abreu’s 19 home runs are third-best in all of baseball behind Nelson Cruz (21) and Edwin Encarnacion (20).
What doesn’t this guy do at the plate? In the first two games of the series with Detroit, Abreu is 5-for-9 (2-for-3 on Wednesday) with a pair of home runs and three runs batted in.
One thing that played the White Sox on their six-game road trip through California was the “big inning”. The Sox had their own “crooked number” in the sixth inning on Wednesday.
In a seven-run sixth inning, the Sox sent 12 hitters to the plate and scored seven runs on seven hits. Verlander was able to get Dayan Viciedo to hit into a 4-6-3 double play with the bases loaded, but allowed four straight baserunners to finish his night.
John Danks was sharp again for the Sox in his fifth win of the year. In seven innings, Danks gave up two runs on six hits, walked two and struck out four on 93 pitches.
The Sox conclude their series with the Tigers on Thursday night. The Good Guys send ace Chris Sale to the mound. Detroit will send 2013 AL Cy Young winner Max Scherzer to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- After Wednesday’s win, the White Sox improved to 16-11 against the AL Central. In 2013, they were 26-50.
- Jose Abreu didn’t just dominate with the bat on Wednesday. He flashed the leather too. (Watch Abreu’s nice catch in foul territory here.)
- Some interesting White Sox history here:
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