CHICAGO -- Jose Abreu's fourth-inning, run-scoring single during Friday night's 10-8 White Sox victory at U.S. Cellular Field extended his career-best and American League-best hitting streak to 21 straight games, meaning he also has hit in an amazing 39 of his last 40.
Abreu's line shot to left off of Twins starter Logan Darnell brought home Adam Eaton, leaving him seven games away from tying Carlos Lee's franchise-best 28-game hitting streak. He is just five away from matching Guy Curtright's club rookie streak of 26, set in 1943.
But Abreu hasn't been simply satisfied by getting hits in consecutive games. With three singles, a walk and a hit by pitch, Abreu extended his streak of consecutive plate appearances that he has reached base to 10. He had two doubles, a single and two intentional walks during Thursday's victory in Detroit. It's the longest such streak since Frank Thomas set a club record with 15 from May 16-20, 1997.
He has now reached the point where it's more surprising when Abreu doesn't reach base.
"Hit it hard and you expect something to happen because he's in a zone right now," said White Sox manager Robin Ventura. "Anything you throw up there I think he's going to hit hard. It's unfair that you feel that way about a guy going up there, and if he doesn't get a hit, you feel like it's a bit unlucky. He's as hot as anybody in the league."
"He gave away a lot of at-bats early, but now you see more contact, more hits and the average is going up," said White Sox captain Paul Konerko of Abreu, who is hitting .310. "He's taking his walks a lot better. So he's a monster, there's no two ways about it."
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