Saturday, April 12, 2014
Even in defeat, Sox putting up numbers
By Doug Padilla
CHICAGO -- Even in defeat, the Chicago White Sox were showing off their new toy: an offense that doesn’t seem to quit.
Alexei Ramirez had a single to give him a hit in all 12 games, and Conor Gillaspie extended his own hitting streak to 10 games. Adam Eaton, who has been wreaking havoc on the bases, tried a new tactic Saturday with his first home run in a White Sox uniform.
Alexei Ramirez and the offense continue to fuel the White Sox's efforts. On Saturday, Ramirez had a single, and scored, to give him a hit in all 12 games.
Eaton also added a double and now has multiple hits in five consecutive games, the longest streak for a White Sox player since Alex Rios went five games in 2012.
In defeat, though, Eaton wasn't in the mood to gush about the home run.
“I don't know,” Eaton said. “I got lucky.”
Eaton’s second-inning homer meant the White Sox had scored in eight consecutive innings going back to Friday night’s game. That streak ended when they were held without a run in the third.
But with six more runs and eight hits Saturday, the White Sox are still averaging 6.22 runs per game and have a .285 team batting average. They entered the game leading the major leagues in runs scored and were second in batting average.
For Ramirez, he needs a hit in three more consecutive games to tie Frank Thomas’ club record streak of 15 to open a season. Eaton, who has scored at least two runs in four games this season, had reached base in seven consecutive at-bats before he was retired in the fifth inning.
Jose Abreu is starting to show he's human, though. The slugging first baseman went 0-for-4 but did manage to score a run after a walk in the first inning. Abreu is now hitless in back-to-back games after hitting two home runs in the series opener against the Indians. His batting average dropped to .250.