The beginning of the Sox-Cubs series had a promising sense of it. The White Sox got a leadoff single from Leury Garcia, followed by a Jose Abreu single and James McCann walk. Eloy Jimenez got his first shot to show off his previous team with the based loads.
The result? A 5-4-3 double bet to finish the entrance. It's okay, though. He followed his next two bat with a single, walk and … a go-ahead two-run home race in the ninth inning off Pedro Strop. Okay. It will play.
Jimenez broke his bat, but it was not against Cubs' closer (for now). His Bleacher Deposit puts Sox up 3-1
Soxen brought in closer Alex Colome to secure the rescue. 1-2-3 … no problems.
Lucas Giolito also gets the ball tomorrow night for what it's worth.
Overall, a good victory for South Siders tonight. The story is just amazing. The Cubs signed Jimenez out of the Dominican Republic in 2013 and traded him to the Sox for Jose Quintana in 2017. This was his first major league match in Wrigley Field. Awesome thing.
I sound like a broken record, but Mr Jiménes patience is a scary thing for MLB edges to see. Now admitted, he has no protection with Jose Rondon sitting behind him, but the trip is certainly encouraging. When pitchers have to challenge him (as with a runner in a tie game), he won't disappoint too often.
It was Jimenez's 12th race for the season. His average is up to .254 with an OPS of .807.
The Cubs only needed one tone to get out on a 1-0 lead, but that was the only round they would get. Kyle Schwarber took an Ivan Nova fastball over the heart of the plate and crushed it over the left field wall.
But let's give Nova some credit tonight. He was stuck the rest of the way, going five innings and giving up only four hits and two walks. He only beat one out, but his defense was magnificent behind him. Yolmer Sanchez did some impressive games on the second base, and Tim Anderson was happy at shortstop again.
The Sox got their first round of the night thanks to Javy Baez, known as "El Mago." Baez used his magical powers to overthrow Anthony Rizzo's first base after a Tim Anderson single, leading to Leury Garcia scoring from another base.
Sox bullpen looked good again. Aaron Bummer threw two scoreless innings, Jace Fry confronted a smash and hit him, and Evan Marshall got the victory with his 2 / 3 by an inning.
Let's sweep tomorrow with Giolito at the height!