Red Sox complete four-game sweep of free-falling White Sox
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BOSTON — White Sox slugger Jose Abreu sees what everyone else sees in fellow Cuban Yoan Moncada.
Loads of ability. Power, speed and grace.
‘‘Yes, a lot of talent,’’ Abreu said through an interpreter. ‘‘Things are going to turn out well for him. He understands a lot about the game, about life here. He’s going to be good. It’s just a matter of one click, and it’s going to be good.’’
There were a few signs during the Red Sox’ four-game sweep of the free-falling and rebuilding White Sox, including a 6-3 result Sunday, that things might be starting to click for Moncada.
The 22-year-old second baseman is an unimpressive 9-for-52 (.173) with nine walks since being called up July 19 from Class AAA Charlotte, but he was 5-for-17 (.294) with three walks in the series against the Red Sox. He also struck out five times, hiking his season total to 21, and continues to have issues with major-league changeups and other offspeed stuff.
‘‘The swings-and-misses on both sides of the plate have been in breaking-ball counts,’’ manager Rick Renteria said. ‘‘Exponentially, he will grow to understand those. My hope is by the time we finish September, you will see an approach to those pitches because he’s seeing them more.’’
The difference between the pitching in Class AAA and the majors, Moncada said through an interpreter, is the pitchers’ experience ‘‘and their mentality in the way they approach the at-bats and throw their pitches.’’
Moncada, who got a $31.5 million bonus when he signed with the Red Sox in 2015, takes substantial pride in being the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball. Abreu, who signed a six-year, $68 million with the Sox in 2013, can relate.
‘‘That is probably the hardest part to handle at this level,’’ Abreu said. ‘‘You can’t get frustrated. If you get frustrated, you will lose the battle. You have to keep doing your job because, with the talent that you have, the good outcomes will come sooner than later.’’
Abreu’s locker is next to Moncada’s at Guaranteed Rate Field. And while media, fans and teammates have seen Moncada as a relaxed, patient hitter, Abreu has seen frustration creep in.
‘‘He wants to show how capable he is and how his abilities are,’’ Abreu said. ‘‘He understands what he needs to do. We haven’t seen good results, but this is a game of adjustments.’’
Moncada hasn’t squared up many pitches, but he went 2-for-4 with two sharp singles against Red Sox right-hander Doug Fister in the series finale. It was only his second multihit effort in 16 games.
‘‘I’m working harder on my offense because things haven’t gone as well as I wanted,’’ Moncada said. ‘‘Just keeping my routine. Try to work harder in the cage.’’
The Sox, meanwhile, lost their sixth game in a row and are 4-23 in their last 27 games. Losing pitcher Mike Pelfrey (3-10) allowed two home runs to Chris Young and one to Eduardo Nuñez and yielded all six runs in 5 2/3 innings.
NOTES: The Sox claimed corner infielder D.J. Peterson off waivers from the Mariners and optioned him to Charlotte. Peterson, 25, batted .264 with 12 homers and 54 RBI for Class AAA Tacoma before being designated for assignment July 30.
• Third baseman Matt Davidson (bruised right wrist) missed all four games against the Red Sox. He was a late scratch as the designated hitter in the series finale and was replaced by Tyler Saladino.
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