Jose Abreu recently went through an 18-game homerless streak, he remained among the major league leaders in home runs and runs batted in.
For the second time in the last three games, Abreu homers … and for the fourth straight game, the White Sox lost.
Jose Abreu‘s 33rd home run of the season gave the White Sox a 3-0 lead in the first inning, but couldn’t sustain the advantage and lost the opener of a three-game series with the New York Yankees, 4-3.
Even with a 2-for-5 night that included a two-run home run and the walk-off RBI single in the ninth, Yankees second baseman Martin Prado wasn’t the whole issue for the Sox.
Between 13 strikeouts for the offense, another play-at-the-plate call that went against the Sox and just four hits not named Alejandro De Aza, Carlos Sanchez and Abreu, the White Sox simply couldn’t get off the losing snide.
In the sixth inning, Conor Gillaspie was sent home by White Sox third base coach Joe McEwing after De Aza singled to left field. Yankees left fielder Brett Gardner made a throw to home plate that beat Gillaspie, but it appeared that Francisco Cervelli was blocking the plate before the ball arrived.
The play was reviewed and the call stood. Gillaspie’s run would have given the Sox a 4-3 lead.
After the controversial play, the game remained tied until Ichiro Suzuki led off the ninth inning with a single off White Sox reliever Daniel Webb. Fast-forward past a sacrifice bunt, a lineout and two walks, Martin Prado stepped to the plate once again and delivered the game-winning single up the middle.
The two teams duke it out again on Saturday afternoon in the Bronx. Scott Carroll (5-7, 4.99 ERA) gets the start for the White Sox, while the Yanks send right-hander Hiroki Kuroda to the hill. First pitch is scheduled for 12:05 CT.
White Sox Notes:
- Second baseman Carlos Sanchez was called up before Friday’s game to fill the void left by Gordon Beckham, who was traded to the Angels on Thursday night. Sanchez only went 3-for-4 with a run scored. Not bad for your second career MLB game, eh?