Abreu ThisClose to Rare Baseball Milestone
Thursday, October 1, 2015
White Sox vs. Royals at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN) in the rubber match of the three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP John Danks (7-14, 4.53) for the Sox, RHP Kris Medlen (5-2, 4.30) for Kansas City.
Last Night’s Highlights
By virtue of belting his 30th home run and driving in his 99th run of the season (click on top link below), Sox slugger Jose Abreu is one ribbie away from a rare baseball milestone. He is thisclose to joining Albert Pujols as the only players in history to record 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBI in each of their first two major-league seasons. Abreu, Pujols and Ryan Braun are now the only three with 30-plus roundtrippers in each of their first two years.
In his last start of 2015, Jose Quintana had another strong outing. He gave up three runs in nine innings and left with the score tied 3-3 at the end of regulation, but the Sox dropped a 5-3 decision in 10 innings. Click on the bottom link to hear Robin Ventura talk about about Q’s performance…Tyler Flowers went a career-tying 4-4 with a run batted in, Adam Eaton added a hit and an RBI and Melky Cabrera, Trayce Thompson and Mike Olt each had a pair of base hits.
Quote of the Day
Abreu, through interpreter Billy Russo, on his goal of learning more English (via Scott Merkin, whitesox.com):
“I know if I can learn a little bit more of the language, I can express myself in a better way with my teammates and my coaches. It’s going to help our relationship. It is good, but I think it could be much better. That’s the way I think I can express my leadership. I’m not wanting just to be a leader as an example. I’ll try to say something…that’s my goal.”
Sox Notes of Note
Quintana set a career high in innings pitched in a single season with 206.1. He has reached the 200 IP mark for the third consecutive season, becoming the first White Sox pitcher to reach 200-plus IP, 30-plus starts and 160-plus strikeouts in three straight seasons since Javier Vazquez accomplished the feat in 2006-2008. He also went 3-0 with a 2.58 ERA over his last eight games (seven quality)…Eaton is among the league leaders with 95 runs scored. He is trying to become the first Sox player to score 100 runs since Jermaine Dye (103) and Jim Thome (108) in 2006. The last Sox leadoff hitter to score 100-plus runs in a season was Ray Durham in 2000 (121)…Micah Johnson is set to undergo arthroscopic surgery on his left knee today.
Top 30 White Sox Prospects
White Sox vs. Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field (7:10 p.m. CT, CSN+) in the opener of a season-ending three-game series. Probable Starters: LHP Chris Sale (12-11, 3.48) for the Sox, RHP Alfredo Simon (13-11, 5.18) for Detroit.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Sox’ championship season…
In Game 162 on October 2 in Cleveland, the newly crowned American League Central-champion White Sox concluded the regular season at 99-63 with a 3-1 victory over the Indians. Jermaine Dye belted his 31st homer, a solo shot, and Paul Konerko and Joe Crede each drove in a run. Starter Brandon McCarthy got credit for his third win and Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez recorded his first save. On to the playoffs.
Photo of the Day
Just four more days of BP…