The Tigers dropped their eighth straight game last night against the White Sox. And it happened in heartbreaking fashion.
After getting a strong outing from rookie left-hander Kyle Ryan and a go-ahead two-run single from Josh Wilson in the seventh inning, the Tigers appeared primed to finally snap the losing streak. Joakim Soria, who has been very solid since taking over the closer role for Detroit, had the White Sox down to their final out in the bottom of the ninth. However, Adam LaRoche provided some heroics for Chicago by slugging a game-tying solo home run. Gut punch.
Then we move to the 11th, when Alex Wilson allowed back-to-back singles to Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus understandably decided to intentionally walk Jose Abreu to load the bases, but then this happened…
Yes, a walk-off hit-by-pitch. Ouch. Well, double-ouch, really.
The Tigers have now have their longest losing streak since 2005. They have slipped to an even 28-28 on the year, putting them five games off the pace in the American League Central. They’ll look to ace David Price to stop the bleeding tonight.
Jose Abreu had not appeared in a game for the White Sox since making an early exit last Friday night with lingering irritation in his right index finger. But he is starting at DH and batting third in his return to action Wednesday night against the Rangers.
Abreu has dealt with the finger injury on and off for much of the 2015 campaign and it may continue to bother him for the rest of the summer. The 28-year-old Cuban slugger is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI in 46 games this season after batting .317/.383/.581 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games last season. He was named the 2014 American League Rookie of the Year.
UPDATE: According to Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune, White Sox manager Robin Ventura said that X-rays came back negative. Abreu is out of the lineup today and it’s unclear when he’ll be ready to return.
12:01 p.m. ET: White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu was forced to exit last night’s game against the Astros due to irritation in his right index finger. According to Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com, Abreu initially injured the finger two weeks ago during batting practice and is still dealing with swelling.
Abreu was sent for X-rays last night and is expected to miss at least Saturday’s game.
“That situation was getting worse and today I couldn’t continue playing,” Abreu said through an interpreter, describing the finger as swollen. “I was talking to (Herm Schneider) and I said I can’t play any more. And that was the right choice not just for me, but the team.”
After winning the AL Rookie of the Year Award in 2014, Abreu is batting .282/.340/.481 with eight home runs and 29 RBI across his first 46 games this season.