I’M 18 AND I LIKE IT! THE SOX AND 18 HITS

I met Alice Cooper at the park in 1996. The Sox paid tribute to “The Coop” with 18 hits on Tuesday.

To paraphrase Alice Cooper: EIGHTEEN HITS AND I LIKE IT! LIKE IT! LOVE IT! LIKE IT! LOVE IT! EIGHTEEN, EIGHTEEN, EIGHTEEN HITS AND I LIKE IT!

The Sox pounded out 18 hits in downing the Blue Jays 5-2 on Tuesday night.

Here are a few nuggets … @soxnerd style … on games when the Sox tally EXACTLY 18 hits (I’m partial to Alice because I met him at the park in 1996 — the pic is proof — and it was glorious):

*Tuesday was the 117th time the Sox had 18 hits in a game.

The Sox are 105-12 in those games.

*The five runs the Sox registered were the fewest they scored in a victory where they had 18 hits.

The other five-run 18-hit output was a 6-5 loss to Detroit at Comiskey Park on May 24, 1929. Bill Hunnefield was 1-for-10 for the Sox in the game.

*The most runs the Sox scored in an 18-hit game was 20 on April 30, 1934 against Cleveland at Comiskey Park.

ZEKE BONURA got the Sox on the board in the 10-run victory with a two-run homer in the first.

*Tuesday marked the Sox first 18-hit effort since a 16-4 win at Minnesota on May 17. That was the infamous Yermin Mercedes 3-0 home run game.

This is the first season since 2017 that the Sox have had two 18-hit games in the same season.

The 2006, 2000, 1999 and 1933 teams each had a franchise-best four 18-hit games in a season.

*Jose Abreu is a monster in 18-hit games.

The Sox legend-in-the making played in his sixth 18-hit game on Tuesday and lifted his average to .548 (17-for-31) with five home runs and 18 RBI in those tilts.

The Sox are 6-0 in those games, by the way.

Tuesday was not Abreu’s biggest game in an 18-hit contest even though he was 3-for-5 with a homer and four important RBI.

Abreu hit for the cycle in the Sox 18-hit attack in a 13-1 home win over the Giants on Sept. 9, 2017.

*Liam Hendriks is the first Sox pitcher to earn a save in an 18-hit effort since Matt Thornton closed out a 10-8 home win over Cleveland on Sept. 9, 2006.

*No. 18 Brian Goodwin had one of the 18 hits on Tuesday night.

*The Sox are 3-0 in 18-hit games vs. Toronto.

They also prevailed 12-5 on April 18, 1979 and Aug. 30, 1996 in Toronto.

*Tony La Russa is 5-0 in 18-hit games.

In addition to the two games this season, La Russa’s Sox won 18-hit games on April 13, 1979; April 18, 1979; and July 21, 1982.

*The Sox have won 12 consecutive games when they have collected 18 hits.

The Sox last loss in a 18-hit effort was a 20-14 setback to Minnesota in the second game of a doubleheader on July 6, 2007 at U.S. Cellular Field.

The Sox longest 18-hit win streak was a 25-gamer from June 4, 1933 to June 28, 1953.

The 1932 Sox were 0-3 in games where they had 18 hits.

*The Sox first 18-hit game was a 15-4 win over Washington in the franchise’s 38th contest on June 7, 1901.

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