Adam Eaton, Moises Sierra combine for 7 hits in win
BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN Staff Reporter July 31, 2014 11:04PM
Updated: July 31, 2014 11:13PM
DETROIT — The White Sox’ 16-hit attack Thursday started at the top and extended to the bottom.
Leadoff man Adam Eaton had three hits, and eighth-place hitter Moises Sierra, getting a start in place of Alejandro De Aza against left-hander Drew Smyly, tied his career high with four. Eaton reached base five times, as did Jose Abreu, the first time since 2010 (Alex Rios and Paul Konerko did it in an extra-inning game) that the Sox had two players reach five times.
Eaton, who broke a bone near the tip of his right middle finger in Boston three weeks ago, has altered his swing without missing a beat. He reached on three singles, a fielder’s choice that scored a run and a dropped third strike.
“I just try to punch the ball, and it’s been working,’’ Eaton said. “I don’t feel like I have the good hands that I’ve had, but I’m feeling the barrel a little bit.’’
Eaton has hit safely in 16 of his last 17 games, batting .408 during that stretch and raising his average to .296.
“He has been getting on base and doing a lot of extra stuff as far as being a pain on the bases,’’ manager Robin Ventura said. “This is exactly why we wanted him in the first place. He’s a table-setter.’’
Eaton got picked off by Smyly, stole his seventh base, drove in a run and scored two. With his third error of the season (on a double by Ian Kinsler in the first that allowed Kinsler to advance), Eaton’s name was all over the box score.
The streak goes on
Abreu was 3-for-3, including two doubles and intentional walks in the seventh and eighth innings. His hitting streak reached 20, raising his average to .305. He has hit safely in 38 of his last 39 games.
The feat goes on
Konerko reached the 4,000 mark in total bases in a Sox uniform with a double in the fourth inning. He was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI earned the hard way when he was hit by a pitch from Joakim Soria. Konerko is the Sox’ all-time leader in total bases.
Ken Harrelson is expected back in the TV broadcast booth Friday after missing the road trip, initially to attend Hall of Fame ceremonies and then because of a family matter in Orlando, Fla. Tom Paciorek, who worked the series in Minneapolis and Detroit, returns Aug. 7 for a four-game series in Seattle. Steve Stone is taking that series off.
Harrelson and Stone will broadcast outdoors from Chris Sale’s “K Zone” section Wednesday afternoon.
Sale, who leads the American League in ERA (1.88), opponents’ average (.194) and WHIP (0.86), faces the Twins on five days of rest Friday.