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Quentin bringing his road show back home

6/9/2011
Carlos Quentin's two homers weren't enough for the White Sox on Wednesday night. AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh

CHICAGO -- Already a handful on the road, Carlos Quentin is trying to give the home fans something to appreciate.

Quentin hit two more home runs in Wednesday’s 7-4 loss to the Seattle Mariners, single-handedly keeping the White Sox afloat in their effort to pull off a three-game sweep. With 17 home runs he is three behind AL leader Jose Bautista of the Blue Jays.

Quentin now has a 10-game hitting streak heading into Thursday’s series opener against the Oakland A’s as he tries to even out his home/road statistical splits.

Heading into play Wednesday, nobody was better in the American League with home runs and RBIs on the road. Quentin had 11 long balls away from U.S. Cellular Field and had knocked in 34. In sharp contrast were his numbers at home: four home runs and just eight RBIs.

“Carlos is really struggling right now and we probably need to give him a day [off],” Gordon Beckham joked. “No, obviously he’s been doing really well so I’m happy for him.”

This is clearly another of Quentin’s patented hot streaks. He has often delivered massive amounts of production in short bursts, but might be on the verge of sustaining this run for a while.

He is batting .344 (11-for-32) over his season-high 10-game hit streak with five home runs and 13 RBIs.

“Yeah, hopefully we can keep him there,” manager Ozzie Guillen said of Quentin, who has taken a firm hold of the No. 3 spot in the batting order. “[Paul Konerko] and him right now, they see the ball pretty good.

“When Carlos is what he is right now, he can carry a ballclub for a little while and hopefully he stay there. He’s been swinging the bat pretty good for a few days. It’s fun to see him not swing at that many bad pitches. When Carlos swings at strikes, he’s the type of player you just see.”