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Abreu’s Homer Not Enough As Defense Coughs Up Lead

In the series opener between the Chicago White Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers, all eyes were on two players: Jose Abreu and Clayton Kershaw.

Abreu made his return from the disabled list Monday night against the toughest guy to square up in all of baseball, two-time Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw.

But that didn’t phase Big Bertha.

In his second at bat of the evening in the third inning, Abreu followed up a Gordon Beckham single with his 16th home run of the season, giving the White Sox and starter Jose Quintana a lead to work with. But a win wasn’t going to come easy for Quintana, as Kershaw was on his A-game all night.

Kershaw needed just 97 pitches to get through eight innings, allowing four hits, not walking anybody and striking out nine. But Quintana was going inning-for-inning with him until a series of unfortunate events in the sixth.

With one on and one out, a Beckham error started the Dodgers’ rally before a Conor Gillaspie two-on, two-out throwing error extended the inning even further while also plating L.A.’s first run. There were runners on first and second and a grounder was hit to a drawn back Gillaspie at the hot corner, but instead of stepping on third for the force out, he chucked it over to first and Abreu was unable to make the scoop.

Credit: Harry How, Getty Images

Credit: Harry How, Getty Images

After an infield single, a walk and then two more singles, the Dodgers were up 5-2 and never looked back, winning by that score after some solid bullpen work.

All of that led to a brutally tough loss for Quintana, who deserved much better fate. He let up zero earned runs over his six innings and would’ve went deeper into the game if his defense didn’t give the Dodgers five outs to work with in the sixth.

Getting beaten by Clayton Kershaw is one thing, but beating yourself and coughing up a lead against him is another. Seeing Quintana take down the best in the game really would’ve been something, but instead it’s just more tough luck for the 26 year old southpaw who can never seem to catch a break.

 

Photo Credit: Harry How, Getty Images

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