DETROIT -- It's amazing what a day like Saturday can do for the confidence level of a major-league hitter.
And for the Chicago White Sox's No. 2, 3 and 4 hitters, they left Comerica Park in Detroit a pretty confident bunch. The trio combined for 10 hits, 10 RBIs and scored six runs in Chicago's 12-3 win over the Detroit Tigers.
"I think for these guys just the feeling they have, the trust, in good competitive, quality at-bats," White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. "There were just a lot of quality at bats today. When you have those and you continue to have them over and over again you get results."
Melky Cabrera came into the game with a .162 batting average. After notching four hits for the 13th time in his career, his average spiked to .238. He also scored two runs and drove in two.
Jose Abreu came in with the best batting average of the three, .206. He finished Saturday a triple away from hitting for the cycle and clubbed his third homer of the season, a grand slam, as part of a three-hit game. He drove in four and scored twice. His average is now .250.
"You can't jump to any conclusions after the first nine games," Abreu said through a translator. "We are happy with today's game. We feel very confident and we're happy the team won, which is the most important thing."
Adam LaRoche came in with a .179 batting average. He also smacked out a homer, a three-run bomb, as part of a three-hit afternoon. He also drove in four and scored twice. His average is now .242.
"Jose, that's a pretty big homer for us, LaRoche and Melky, there's just some big at-bats in there with guys on base," Ventura said. "They end up adding up over the course of the game.
"I really like the feeling the guys have of all those professional at bats, just the consistency of that," Ventura continued. "And doing it over and over again, the whole game it felt like that. They've been feeling this way for a while so it's the belief in that. That's the biggest thing for me is their belief in doing that."
LaRoche and Cabrera were signed this past offseason, while Abreu is in his second full season with the White Sox.
Chicago ended up with a season-high 17 hits, which was a nice amount for winning pitcher Chris Sale.
"I don't think I've ever seen 12 runs before," Sale said. "These are the guys we knew we had. I don't know what I did for Roche, but every time I'm pitching he's hitting homers.
"We knew what we were getting in Abreu," Sale continued. "He opened up the game for us there. That was the difference maker."
Abreu's grand slam put Chicago up 8-1 in the fourth inning. He now has 39 homers in his career.
"Everyone knows what we can do, what we're able to do," Abreu said. "It was a good day for us. We hope we can keep the momentum. I'm not saying we're going to score 12 runs every day, but we can do some damage to the pitchers."
Abreu admitted he wasn't feeling like himself the last couple of games.
"I've been working on it," Abreu said. "Thank God today it was a good day for us and for me. I think the first three at bats were the key for me. They were in big situations. I started to feel like I used to at home plate."
Six of Abreu's 10 hits this season have been for extra bases -- three doubles and three homers.