Jose Abreu has been through stretches like this before so he wasn’t sweating his lack of power.
Still, the White Sox first baseman said he’s happy to have ended a homerless stretch that dated back to last month. Abreu, who is tied with Baltimore’s Nelson Cruz for the American League home run lead at 32, hit his first homer in 77 plate appearances in a 5-1 loss to the Orioles at U.S. Cellular Field on Tuesday night.
“It happened to me in Cuba before, and I know it’s one of those things you go through in a season,” Abreu said through a translator. “But (Tuesday) I was glad and thankful I was able to make good contact, and (Wednesday) I may have another one. As long as we’re helping the team, that’s a good thing.”
Though he wasn’t homering, Abreu was hardly a detriment to the team. He had a .328/.416/.388 slash line with four doubles in the 77 plate appearances and reduced his strikeouts. Prior to July 29, Abreu struck out once every 4.24 plate appearances. He since has struck out 10 times in 81 plate appearances.
White Sox manager Robin Ventura said Abreu has tried to adapt to the way teams have pitched him. Abreu said he’s just trying to do what’s best for the White Sox.
“I always come out to do the best I can to help the team,” Abreu said. “If the home runs don’t come out, I try to at least do something that is helping the team and is producing a run.”