Busy weekend sees White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu reach 100 RBI
One day after notching his 1,000th career hit, Abreu drove in two runs to reach 100 RBI for the fifth time in his six major-league seasons.
White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu had an eventful weekend.
One day after notching his 1,000th career hit, Abreu drove in both runs in the Sox’ 2-0 victory Sunday to reach 100 RBI for the fifth time in his six major-league seasons. He drove in his 99th run with a single in the third and his 100th with a fielder’s choice in the seventh.
‘‘This one is really big,’’ Abreu said through a translator. ‘‘Every time you accomplish something, it means something good. I just got off the phone with my mom, just telling her, ‘Thank you because I am who I am because of you, and this is for you.’ ’’
Despite the milestones, Abreu’s season has been tricky to evaluate. His .318 on-base percentage would be the lowest of his career, but he’s on pace for a career high in RBI.
Manager Rick Renteria said walks are a product of not chasing bad pitches, but Abreu probably wouldn’t have knocked in so many runs without occasionally expanding his zone.
‘‘I think everybody’s happy when you have somebody that goes out there that you can count on putting the bat on the ball in certain situations, particularly scoring a [run],’’ Renteria said. ‘‘And he’s done that pretty consistently for us. He’s doing it again this season.’’
Robert joins a club
The Sox and their fans don’t need another reason to be excited about outfield prospect Luis Robert, but he gave them one Saturday.
Playing for Class AAA Charlotte, Robert hit his 30th home run to become the first minor-leaguer to reach 30 homers and 30 stolen bases in a season since Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson did it in 2014. Joining the 30/30 club is more proof of Robert’s immense skills.
‘‘He’s scratching the surface,’’ Renteria said.
Whether Robert makes a major-league cameo in September or comes up early next season, plenty will be expected when he gets to Chicago. But it wouldn’t be shocking if Robert struggles when he first gets to the majors. Renteria alluded to how Mike Trout scuffled over 40 games in 2011 before returning in 2012 to become a superstar.
‘‘[Robert] is showing signs that everybody should be really happy that the organization did a great job of identifying and signing this young man and putting him in our system,’’ Renteria said.
Bullpen comes through
Other than giving up the Rangers’ only hit Sunday — to Shin-Soo Choo in the sixth — Sox relievers did everything asked of them.
Alex Colome picked up his 25th save and combined with Aaron Bummer, Evan Marshall and Jace Fry to throw four scoreless innings.
‘‘It was nice to see that,’’ Renteria said.
Fry was reinstated from the paternity list and took the spot of Jose Ruiz, who was optioned Saturday to Charlotte.
Outfielder Leury Garcia was hit in the left leg by pitch while trying to bunt in the seventh inning and left the game. X-rays were negative, but Garcia suffered a bruised left shin and is day-to-day.