The launch of the Sox-Cubs series had a promising feel. White Sox received a lead singer from Lary Garcia, followed by a single by José Abreu and a James McKan walk. Eloy Jimenez got his first shot to show something to his former team with loaded bases.
The result? Double play 5-4-3 to end the innings. Still good. He followed his next two bats with a single, pedestrian and … two-way motion into Pedro's ninth inn. OK cool. I will play.
Jimenez broke his bat, but it did not matter for the cubes closest. His Bleacher deposit placed Sox on 3-1.
Sox approached Alex Colome to secure the rescue. 1
Lucas Jolito gets the ball tomorrow night for what it's worth.
In general, a nice victory for southern pages this evening. The story is just wonderful. The Cubs signed Jimenez in 2013 from the Dominican Republic and sold it to Sox for Jose Quintana in 2017. This was his first major league in Wrigley Field. Great things.
I sound like a broken record but Mr Jimenez's patience is a scary thing for MLB chairs to see. Now, given that he has no defense with Jose Rondon sitting behind him, but the degree of the walk is certainly encouraging. When pitchers have to challenge him (as in a runner in a match), he will not disappoint too often.
This was the 12th host of Jimenez during the season. Its average value is .254 with OPS of .807.
Cubs needed only one field to make it 1: 0 but that was the only move they would get. Kyle Schwarber took Ivan New Fatbol over the heart of the plate and crushed him over the left field wall.
But let's give Nova tonight. He was hard on the rest of the way, went five innings, and gave up only four strokes and two walks. He hit only one, but his defense was magnificent behind him. Yolmer Sanchez made some impressive plays on the second base, and Tim Anderson again made a smooth start.
The Sox got his first run at night, thanks to Javy Baez, known as "El Mago". second base.
Sox's patch looked good again. Aaron Bummer threw two unbounded innings, Jace Fry stood up against a dough and hit him.
Let's get tomorrow with Jolito on the hill!