Man on a mission: Eloy Jiménez went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of home runs to propel the White Sox to a close victory. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)
This game got off to a rough start, as Cleveland drew first blood. Dylan Covey was looking to break his streak of 10 consecutive starts of allowing at least one home run, but Francisco Lindor foiled those plans immediately. Lindor launched a home run on the second pitch he saw to put Cleveland up, 1-0.
However, Cleveland’s early lead was short-lived, as the White Sox tied it in the top of the second. Yoán Moncada displayed excellent patience to draw a dreaded leadoff walk, and Eloy Jiménez launched an RBI double. Jiménez’s blast would have been a home run in 17 MLB stadiums, but the White Sox gladly settled for the double.
Both offenses went quiet for the next couple of innings, as starters Dylan Cease and Mike Clevinger were incredibly effective, racking up strikeouts and weak contact. The score remained 1-1 until the bottom of the fifth, when Cleveland put one more run on the board. Franmil Reyes led off Cleveland’s half of the fifth with a sharply-hit double, and Roberto Perez drove him in with a one-out single.
In the seventh, however, Mike Clevinger kryptonite Eloy Jiménez struck again, this time with a solo home run to tie the game for the second time this game. My goodness. That ball was massacred.
Unfortunately, the excitement from Jiménez’s long home run was short-lived. With two outs and nobody on base, Cease walked his first and only two hitters of the game, and Evan Marshall replaced him on the mound. The first batter Marshall faced, Roberto Perez, launched a three-run homer to put Cleveland back in front, 5-2.
But, the White Sox had an answer against Cleveland reliever Carlos Carrasco. Leury García and Tim Anderson opened the top of the eighth with back-to-back singles. It appeared that the promising start to the inning would go to waste after Yoán Moncada and José Abreu struck out, but James McCann and (guess who) Eloy Jiménez had other ideas.
The bullpen took care of business down the stretch and protected the one-run lead. As a result, the White Sox prevailed by a score of 6-5 to break their seven-game losing streak.
Janice Scurio will have your coverage here on SSHP tomorrow. That game will start at 6:10 CST, NBC Sports Chicago will televise it, and WGN 720 will have your radio coverage. Let’s do this again.