Jose Abreu Hits For Cycle, White Sox End 5 Game Skid

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 09: Jose Abreu /

The White Sox offense exploded for 13 runs and ended a 5-game skid. Jose Abreu hit for the cycle and drove in three runs.

Jose Abreu did something that hasn’t been done in 17 years for the Chicago White Sox. He hit for the cycle. The White Sox first baseman added three RBIs to help end a five-game skid. The offense added five more home runs in a 13-1 win over the San Francisco Giants. James Shields had a strong outing allowing just one run on two hits through seven innings pitched. He’s now 3-6 with a 5.40 ERA.

Yoan Moncada, Yolmer Sanchez, Nicky Delmanico, Tim Anderson and Avisail Garcia all homered in support of their pitcher. The 13 runs scored were the most runs the team has had since scoring 16 runs in a 16-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on May 20. Offense was not a concern Saturday. And they got a solid start out of Shields. It was the perfect storm and got the White Sox a win.

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It was a good win for this team. They have really struggled this season but when they put it together, they’re fun to watch. Abreu continues to be the offensive leader for this team. He now has 29 home runs and 87 RBIs this season.

He’s easily on pace to hit 30 home runs and drive in 100 runs. This could be his fourth-straight season with 100 or more RBIs. And his run production is something this team definitely needs.

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It’s good to see the young guys contributing this season. This team has a bright future ahead of it. And they’ll need the veteran leadership of Abreu to help the young guys develop. There’s a reason Rick Hahn never made him available to other teams. And there’s no doubt he will be a key contributor when this team is ready to compete.