CLEVELAND – After building a very strong case for American League Player of the Month in April, Jose Abreu kicked off his May with his 11th home run of his rookie season in a 12-5 White Sox loss to the Cleveland Indians Friday.
The Abreu “mosts” just keep on coming. His 11 homers are the most in Sox history thru 30 games, and the most in a player’s first 30 games since the Mets’ Mike Jacobs had 11 in 2005.
Aside from backup catcher Adrian Nieto’s three hits and first career RBI, Abreu’s homer was about the only good thing to happen for the Sox (14-16), who opened a three-game series at Progressive Field on a sour note. John Danks (2-2, 5.00 ERA) got shelled for eight runs, Adam Eaton left the game with a right hamstring injury and the Sox defense was none-too-crisp.
After failing to finish the sixth inning in a career-high 123-pitch outing against the Rays last Friday, Danks needed 100 to get through five innings. Location with all of his pitches was a problem – 58 of his pitches were strikes – and his fastball was under 90 mph for most of the night. Danks gave up 10 hits, including homers to Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana.
Abreu, who had struck out twice on fastballs from Indians right-hander Danny Salazar (1-3) , connected on a 2-0 pitch in the fifth inning. Most of Abreu’s homers have been to center or right field, but this one was a towering shot that landed about about 40 feet inside the left-field foul pole. The homer gave Abreu 33 RBI, which leads the American League.
Abreu was 1-for-5 on the night.
Eaton missed five games last month with a tendon sprain behind his left knee. In both cases he was hurt running to first base.