7/4/2014 11:07 P.M. ET
Abreu's homer extends hitting streak to 18 games
Slugger's fifth-inning blast moves him up Sox rookie hitting streak ranks
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu extended his hitting streak to 18 straight games courtesy of a two-run home run off of Roenis Elias during the fifth inning of a 7-1 White Sox victory over the Mariners Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
Abreu connected on the first pitch with Adam Eaton on base and moved into a tie for sixth place for the most consecutive games hit in by a White Sox rookie, bringing him even with Rip Radcliff (1935) and Pete Ward (1963) per STATS LLC. Guy Curtright sits No. 1 among White Sox rookies at 26, running from June 6-July 1, 1943, followed by Chico Carrasquel with 24 (1950), and Earl Sheely (1921), Art Shires (1929) and Mike Kreevich (1936), who all hit in 19 straight games.
White Sox Rookie Hitting Streaks
|Guy Curtright||26||06/06/1943 - 07/01/1943|
|Chico Carrasquel||24||07/08/1950 - 08/05/1950|
|Earl Sheely||19||07/16/1921 - 08/06/1921|
|Art Shires||19||07/03/1929 - 07/20/1929|
|Mike Kreevich||19||08/31/1936 - 09/20/1936|
|Rip Radcliff||18||08/13/1935 - 08/26/1935|
|Pete Ward||18||06/07/1963 - 06/24/1963|
|Jose Abreu||18||06/15/2014 - 07/04/2014|
Carlos Lee holds the overall franchise record hitting streak of 28, set in 2004, followed by Albert Belle at 27 in 1997 and Luke Appling at 27 in 1936. Abreu's 27 homers tie him with Zeke Bonura (1934) for second most homers in a single season by a White Sox rookie, sitting behind only Ron Kittle's 35 in 1983.
The hitting streak hadn't even crossed Abreu's mind until a phone conversation with his father, as explained by the first baseman through interpreter and White Sox manager of cultural development Lino Diaz after the win.
"I wasn't even aware of it until my dad told me," Abreu said. "I'm trying to do something to help every day, whether it's an RBI, playing defensively. I'm trying to do something that helps the team. That's my goal. I'm not thinking about other things. But once again, I thank God for those things."
Playing on the Fourth of July for the first time, in front of 30,297 energetic fans, marked another memorable chapter in this All-Star worthy first half for Abreu.
"It's incredible," Abreu said with a broad smile. "Sometimes I think I'm dreaming."