Jose Abreu hit a monster home run for the Chicago White Sox last night to pad his RBI lead.
The Chicago White Sox had an ugly game on Wednesday night. It didn’t go the way that they wanted it to go but they had a little bit of help across Major League Baseball. They went in with a magic number of two and it got reduced to one thanks to some help from the San Francisco Giants (they defeated the Seattle Mariners) and the Kansas City Royals (they defeated the Detroit Tigers). Now, the next time the White Sox win a baseball game, they will clinch a playoff berth.
The offense went dry for a night which is so rare for this team. Their two MVP candidates in Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu each had a hit but they would serve as they only two hits of the ballgame. Tim Anderson’s hit was the first White Sox at-bat of the game in the bottom of the first inning. He helped himself keep the pace with his league-leading batting average.
The other White Sox hit was a home run by Jose Abreu. It was a big one as it pulled the Sox within two but that would be it for their bats for the night. They didn’t record another hit from that point on which was just so out of character.
This home run helped Jose Abreu in a couple of different departments. It helped pad his Major League lead in RBIs. He is now at 49 which is three ahead of the next best total. Those 49 RBIs came in 49 games which means he is on pace for 162 over a full season. Obviously, in a full year, he probably wouldn’t finish at an RBI-per-game pace but it could happen this year.
It was also his 16th home run of the season which slid him into a three-way tie for the second-most home runs in Major League Baseball. He is tied with a couple of guys named Mike Trout and Nelson Cruz. He now trails Luke Voit of the New York Yankees by three home runs. It was awesome to see Abreu pad the stats on a night where the rest of the offense left a lot to be desired. Hopefully, he can help his team redeem themselves later today with a chance to clinch the playoffs.