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After early work, elusive feat escapes Moncada

White Sox 2B triples, doubles, homers by 4th inning, misses cycle
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CHICAGO -- Even though Yoan Moncada knocked out a triple, a double and his fourth home run during the White Sox 10-4 victory over the Mariners Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, Jose Abreu was not completely happy with his teammate.

Moncada needed a single to become the seventh player in White Sox history to hit for the cycle, but fell short in his final two at-bats.

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CHICAGO -- Even though Yoan Moncada knocked out a triple, a double and his fourth home run during the White Sox 10-4 victory over the Mariners Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field, Jose Abreu was not completely happy with his teammate.

Moncada needed a single to become the seventh player in White Sox history to hit for the cycle, but fell short in his final two at-bats.

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"I'm really mad at him because he had two chances to do it and he couldn't," said a smiling Abreu through interpreter Billy Russo. "Seriously I'm really happy for him.

"I know today was a special game for him. I know he couldn't hit for the cycle today, but he's going to have more chances in the future. He's going to be good."

Moncada tripled off of Seattle starter Mike Leake to start a stretch of seven consecutive hits for the White Sox in the bottom of the first, which led to five runs of support for Carson Fulmer. Moncada followed with a double over the head of right fielder Mitch Haniger in the second and then homered to right leading off the fourth.

Video: SEA@CWS: Moncada unloads a solo homer to right field

All three hits came from the left side of the plate. When the switch-hitter batted right-handed against southpaw reliever Wade LeBlanc, Moncada struck out looking in the fifth and flied out to left in the eighth, finishing as one of five White Sox hitters with multi-hit performances. Abreu topped the output with four hits, including a pair of home runs to move him to 130 for his career.

Abreu hit for the cycle on Sept. 9, 2017, in the most dramatic moment of the season for the team when he tripled in his last at-bat against the Giants. Ray Schalk (1922), Jack Brohamer (1977), Carlton Fisk (1984), Chris Singleton (1999) and Jose Valentin (2000) also hit for cycles with the franchise.

Video: SEA@CWS: Moncada, Abreu discuss win over Mariners

With the infield playing back in each of those last two-bats, the fleet-footed Moncada easily could have bunted for that elusive single. That option was not plausible due to the White Sox big lead.

"Because of the score, it wasn't a good situation to try to bunt," Moncada said through Russo. "That's not the person and player that I am. I couldn't do it today, but it doesn't matter. We won and I'm really happy for that because we are here to win games."

There should be many more future games for the Cuban countrymen to share big moments together such as Monday's effort.

"That's our goal to have big games together for this team," Moncada said. "Having the opportunity to play with Abreu, 'The Big Elephant' as we call him in Cuba, it's good for me. It's a big honor. I feel really happy when we have these kinds of games."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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