White Sox 4, Dodgers 1: Jose Abreu is really good, the Dodgers aren’t

“I wish I could get some help from my teammates.” Yasiel Puig, probably.

On the 1-year anniversary of Yasiel Puig‘s Major League debut and his being named National League Player of the Month, it was fellow countryman Jose Abreu who stole the show.

Abreu hit his 17th home run of the season in the first inning off Dan Haren and drove in another run, and that’s all the White Sox would need to knock off the Dodgers on Tuesday night.

Haren wasn’t horrible (6 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K), but since his first two outings of the season (and before tonight), he’s allowed at least three runs in each game (24 earned runs, 10 unearned runs) en route to a 4.02 ERA. While Haren hasn’t been great (which could be examined in a future post), the Dodgers’ offense wasn’t even decent.

Facing Hector Noesi — he of the 5.83 ERA and 4.44 FIP — the Dodgers could muster just one run in six innings off the right-hander, despite getting five hits and drawing four walks. Such is the story of the Dodgers, at times.

Puig and offensive juggernaut Drew Butera had two hits apiece, but the rest of the lineup went 2-for-25. Good job. Good effort, fellas.

It took old friend Ronald Belisario all of seven pitches to set the Dodgers down in the ninth inning. It was a decidedly “blah” game with a “blah” ending.

The Dodgers (31-29) host the White Sox (30-30) on Wednesday night for the rubber game of the 3-game series. Josh Beckett (3-2, 2.52 ERA) takes on John Danks (3-4, 4.66) at 7:10 p.m. Pacific.

It’d be awfully nice if the Dodgers decided to go on some kind of run soon. Not a 42-8 run, but this middling has to stop. At least ‘Frisco lost tonight, I guess.

About Dustin Nosler

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Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.