Crazy eighth: The White Sox used a four-run eighth inning rally to grind out a victory in Cleveland. (FanGraphs)
Eloy Jiménez was today’s MVP by wins probability added. Jiménez added .531 wins to the White Sox thanks to his excellent day at the plate, in which he finished 3-for-4 with two homers and a double.
Yoán Moncada was an on-base machine tonight, as he drew three walks. Even though runs were hard to come by, he came around to score after one of those walks. That happened when Eloy Jiménez smashed a double to deep center. Perhaps this number should have been four, because in his fourth plate appearance, the fifth pitch was a called strike.
Moncada swung and missed at the sixth pitch to strike out, but he still reached base three times out of four plate appearances. That will get the job done.
The White Sox broke a losing streak of seven, which matched their longest losing streak of the season. With a loss, the White Sox would have matched the length of their longest losing streak last season.
Dylan Cease has now made 11 career starts, and he has allowed at least one home run in all of them. It is still very early in Cease’s career, but he will have to limit the long ball. On a more positive note, Cease had a great start despite the home run he allowed to Francisco Lindor. Cease also struck out 11, which is the a career-high.
Eloy Jiménez’s game-tying home run in the seventh inning left the bat at 108.1 miles per hour, according to Baseball Savant. A cool note about that hit was that Jiménez did that on a slider, a pitch type that has been one of his largest weaknesses this season. The game-tying double that Jiménez hit in the second inning also came against a Clevinger slider.
The combined distance of the back-to-back home runs by James McCann and Eloy Jiménez was 789 feet (418 for McCann, 371 for Jiménez). Those two home runs propelled the White Sox to victory, as they went from down by three to up by one in the blink of an eye.