8/20/2014 12:26 A.M. ET
Abreu's homerless streak at an end
By Scott Merkin / MLB.com
CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu ended a drought of 77 plate appearances without a home run by connecting off Baltimore's Chris Tillman in the first inning of a 5-1 loss to the Orioles on Tuesday, launching a 0-1 changeup 405 feet into the stands in left-center with two outs.
That blast, No. 32, marked Abreu's first homer since July 29 in Detroit, covering 67 at-bats and 18 games, and was his first at home since July 4. He moved into a tie with Giancarlo Stanton and Nelson Cruz for the Major League lead, trailed by Chris Carter at 30 and Anthony Rizzo at 29.
"It's one of those things that's part of the game," said Abreu of the homerless run. "It happened to me in Cuba before, and I know it's one of those things you go through in a season.
"But today I was glad and thankful I was able to make good contact, and tomorrow I may have another one. As long as we're helping the team, that's a good thing."
Even with this recent drought, which featured Abreu hitting .288 with six RBIs going into Tuesday, the White Sox didn't seem to be worried about his power drop.
"He's hitting for average, he's had some big hits for us. The power stuff will be there," said manager Robin Ventura before Tuesday's contest. "Watching him take batting practice, you know he still has power. It's not like it disappeared. He might not hit a home run, people are pitching him different. I like him in our lineup, and I still want him on our team."
Abreu seemed to limp a bit during a fourth-inning groundout, but Ventura said postgame that Abreu is fine. Abreu will start at designated hitter in Wednesday's series finale in pursuit of two straight games with a long ball.
"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."