By Juan Páez
Jose Abreu clings to the RBI lead in the majors. On Friday’s matchday, the Chicago White Sox first baseman once again had a productive day with the wood and fired his 29th home run of the season, with which he was key to the Chicago White Sox defeating 4 × 3 to the Boston Red Sox.
Pito went 1-for-4 with his bombshell in the third inning off starter Tanner Houck. He towed three races to reach 107 in the year and lead, by three, Salvador Pérez (104) in the leadership of all the majors. Abreu also scored once, walked and struck out on two valid chances (.265). This was the first home run for the West Indian slugger in September.
His teammates also played a leading role in the white-legged victory. First, Louis robert made the difference hairline and went 5-1, with his 23 RBI and a strikeout (.333). Yoán Moncada finished 2-1, with a run scored, a walk and two hits (.267), while Yasmani grandal he went 3-0, with a strikeout, error and hit ball received (.227).
Álvarez doubled (28) in two trips to the plate, with his 91 RBI, two runs scored, three walks and a defensive blunder (.279). As for Díaz, he finished the night 4-1, two runs taken to the plate, a return to the box and a pitch (.279).
In the Toronto Blue Jays 6 × 3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. put in a good showing to extend her positive start to the month in September. Yunito hit a single and his 25th double), plus a run scored, a walk and a strikeout (.277).
So far this ninth month of the year, Gurriel Jr. is hitting .364, thanks to 12 hits in 34 official chances, with three doubles, two triples and two homers, along with 14 RBIs.
This is how it was for the rest of the Cubans who saw action on Friday’s day in the Major Leagues:
Jose Israel Barrero (CIN) had a good return to the majors, going 4-2 with a single and his second double of the year, his first RBI, a run scored and his second error (.250). His double served to produce the run that, in the long run, made the difference for the Reds.
Jose Adolis Garcia (TEX) also completed a 4-2 performance, with made (79), scored, strikeout and his 10th stolen base of the year (.245).
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