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Jose Abreu ends lengthy RBI drought in White Sox extra-inning win

Jose Abreu ends lengthy RBI drought in White Sox extra-inning win

NEW YORK — Several pitches after he experienced an indescribable moment watching Matt Albers hit, Jose Abreu experienced a memorable one of his own Wednesday afternoon.

Abreu ended a particularly frustrating game on a high note when his 13th-inning, run-scoring sacrifice fly concluded Albers’ improbable trip around the bases at Citi Field.

Abreu’s sacrifice fly wasn’t only deep enough for Albers to easily tag up and score, it also resulted in the slugger’s first RBI since May 18 and aided the White Sox in a 2-1 win over the New York Mets in 13 innings. Prior to his RBI, Abreu went 0-for-4 with a walk and stranded four runners in scoring position. He hadn’t driven in a run in 55 plate appearances.

“That was a very special and beautiful moment for me because when you’re passing through a bad moment you have to step up,” Abreu said through an interpreter. “And that was the moment I felt if I stepped up I could help the team win the game.”

Hitting ahead of Abreu, Albers, who batted for the first time since 2009 and hadn’t reached base since 2007, doubled to start the 13th inning. It was yet another chance for Abreu, who struck out with two on to end the 10th, flew out with a man on in the eight and struck out with one one in the sixth.

But Abreu’s chances for success increased considerably when Albers advanced to third on a wild pitch. Facing Logan Verrett, Abreu fouled off four straight fastballs before driving the sixth pitch to center. Juan Lagares’ throw home was well off the mark, and the White Sox had their first series victory since May 8.

“Once he reached third base, my mind was like, ‘OK, I just need to put the ball in the outfield’ and I was able to do it and I am glad for that,” Abreu said.

The contest, which included eight scoreless innings by the White Sox bullpen and five double plays turned, gives Abreu confidence the club is headed in the right direction. They’ve won two in a row after losing 15 of 19.

And it all began with Albers’ opposite-field double to left center.

“I don’t have words to describe that,” Abreu said. “But that’s a sign we’re doing things right, and when you’re doing things right they have to (start) going your way. We were passing through a very tough moment, but when you work hard very good things are going to happen.”

White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Memories of Old Comiskey Park

For many White Sox fans, Comiskey Park was their introduction to White Sox baseball when they were young. Chuck Garfien, Ryan McGuffey, and Chris Kamka share their memories of the old ballpark. Among them: Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl, Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball, Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game, they discuss the final game ever played there and read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

You can listen to the whole thing right here, or in the embedded player below.

8:26 - Chuck talks about seeing Al Cowens charge Ed Farmer on the mound in 1980 creating a bench clearing brawl.

10:11 - Ryan tells the story about catching a Mike Greenwell foul ball.

12:49 - Chuck talks about being there for the 1983 All-Star Game

15:11 - The guys talk about the final game ever played there.

16:44 - The guys read favorite memories sent in by White Sox fans.

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'White Sox to the Letter'

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'White Sox to the Letter'

Inspired by Ogden Nash’s 1949 poem “A Lineup for Yesterday”

 

A is for A.J.

Once punched in the face

If strike three ain’t caught

He’ll steal first base

 

B is for Baines

Who’s known to speak gently

When asked if he’ll homer

He said, “Evidently!”

 

C for Comiskey

The old baseball yard

When it was torn down

I took it quite hard

 

D is for Donkey

I mean Adam Dunn

He’d strike out or walk

Or hit a home run

 

E is for Eloy

He isn’t here yet

Though an All-Star career

Is still a good bet

 

F is for Fisk

The incomparable Pudge

From his perch behind home

Not an inch he would budge

 

G is for Gold

G is for Glove

Aparicio is

Who I’m thinking of

 

H is for Hawk

Unforgettable voice

Stretch! Dadgummit!

And don’t stop now boys!

 

I for Iguchi

Second base man

Won World Series

Returned to Japan

 

J is for Jackson

The legend still grows

A home run or touchdown

Only Bo knows

 

K is for Kopech

Speed, he has plenty

He’ll pile up strikeouts

In two thousand twenty

 

L is for Luke

Old Aches and Pains

Hit .388

That record remains

 

M is for Mark

As in Mister Buehrle

When he takes the mound

The game will end early

 

N is for no-no

Wilson Alvarez, Humber

Two by Mark Buehrle

Too many to number

 

O for Orestes

Miñoso’s real name

Not in the Hall

And that’s a real shame

 

P is for Paulie

He gave it his all

At the championship rally

Gave Jerry the ball

 

Q for Quintana

Kept coming up short

Only because

Of no run support

 

R is for Richie

But please call him Dick

A dangerous man

When he’s swinging the stick

 

S is for shoes

Which were not worn by Joe

In 1919

Please say it ain’t so

 

T is for Thomas

Amazing career

He went to the Hall

And brewed Big Hurt Beer

 

U for Uribe

He played everywhere

When the ball left his bat

Hands waved in the air

 

V is for Veeck

He knew how to sell

Fireworks, promotions

And Eddie Gaedel

 

W is for William

Or Bill; He was Beltin’

So hot was the corner

Third baseman was Melton

 

X is for Fox

At least the last letter

Among second basemen

Nobody was better

 

Y is for Yolmer

He has sneaky power

The master of giving

A Gatorade shower

 

Z is for Zisk

And others I missed

Unable to fit

In my White Sox list