Jose Abreu hits 35th home run; White Sox lose to Twins


Aug 30, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu (79) hits a RBI single against the Detroit Tigers during the third inning at U.S Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

Though the Chicago White Sox lost to the Minnesota Twins, 6-4, there was a little to celebrate about as rookie first baseman/designated hitter Jose Abreu hit his 35th home run of the season.

Abreu now has tied the White Sox rookie home run record, also held by Ron Kittle, as he hit his 35 home runs as a rookie in 1983. Abreu’s franchise rookie record-tying home run was a solo homer off Minnesota’s Glen Perkins in the ninth inning with no outs.

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As for the rest of this game, Abreu finished 2-for-4 with one run and two RBIs, giving him 102 on the season. Abreu also moved his season batting average to .322.

I think all White Sox fans can agree … Abreu has been a burst of fresh air to this franchise, and a joy to watch this season. He’s done more than anyone expected, and with home runs in consecutive games, that is a good way to see Abreu play as the season comes to a close.

The best part about Abreu is he’s only going to get better as his career progresses.

Adrian Nieto also hit a solo home run vs. Minnesota on Sunday, in the fifth inning.

Hector Noesi was the losing pitcher for Chicago, falling to 8-10 on the season. He went 6.2 innings, allowing five earned runs on eight hits and two walks. He struck out three and allowed two him runs.

Noesi’s ERA is now 4.77 on the year. Noesi has allowed three or more earned runs in his past three starts, and eight or more hits in two of those same starts.

The win went to Trevor May (3-4) of the Twins, and the save went to Perkins (34).

Next for the White Sox is a series at the Kansas City Royals. The game on Monday will be John Danks (9-11, 5.05 ERA) vs. James Shields (14-7, 3.13 ERA).