Elvis Andrus joins exclusive 2,000 hit club
Elvis Andrus joins Miguel Cabrera, Joey Votto and Nelson Cruz as the only active MLB players with 2,000 career base hits as the White Sox beat the Giants.
The Chicago White Sox (3-3) earned their third win of the 2023 Major League Baseball season by beating the San Francisco Giants (2-3) 7-3 at Guaranteed Rate Field and Elvis Andrus made history.
Andrus recorded his two thousandth career MLB hit when he singled to right field in the fifth inning. With this stroke, the man from Maracay, Venezuela broke a 14 at-bat slump.
In reaching first safely, the veteran infielder joined his fellow countryman Miguel Cabrera (3,090), American Joey Votto (2,093) and Dominican Nelson Cruz (2,018) as the only active MLB players with at least two thousand hits in the Major Leagues.
The ball was gifted by Andrus to his mother, Elvia. Speaking to MLB.com, Elvis confirmed that she is the reason why he is in the Major Leagues. Andrus has already given Elvia the balls that he hit for his 500th, 1000th, and 1500th base hits.
“She’s the reason I’m here. She wrote to me, she said, ‘You better give me the ball,’” Andrus said. “I sent her a photo and told her that it is in a box and that she will have it soon. I was very excited, they sent me a video.”
Andrus now becomes the ninth Venezuelan player to reach the landmark. Cabrera (3,090), Omar Vizquel (2,877), Luis Aparicio (2,677), Bobby Abreu (2,470), Andrés Galarraga (2,333), Dave Concepción (2,326), Magglio Ordóñez (2,156) and Víctor Martínez (2,153) are all ahead of him in the record books.
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The White Sox gave the Giants a free batting clinic, as Dylan Cease pitched five quality innings to beat the Giants. Andrus started the game at second base, but with Tim Anderson’s ejection in the third, Andrus was shifted over to shortstop.
The Sox had 13 hits in 36 at bats, as Luis Robert Jr went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a strikeout. Designated Hitter Gavin Sheets drove in two runs on two hits two hits..
Cease was awarded the win after striking out eight of the 22 batters that he faced, walking five and allowing just one run. Relievers Jake Diekman, Aaron Bummer, Reynaldo Lopez and Jimmy Lambert combined to hold off San Francisco.
Closer Joe Kelly allowed two more runs but managed to hold on to the tail of the game thanks to fly ball outs by Roberto Pérez and Mike Yastrzemski, before striking out David Villar.