Eloy, Your Friend: Eloy Jimenez hit his grand slam far enough to give the Sox the early lead tonight.
If you turned tonight’s White Sox game off after the second inning, you would have been a bit surprised seeing the final score.
The Sox topped the Royals, 7-3, with most of the fireworks (or lack thereof, thanks to Dog Day at Guaranteed Rate Field) coming early in the game.
Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi welcomed White Sox starting pitcher Ivan Nova to the game with a one-out solo shot in the first inning.
But the Sox answered right back thanks to the top of the order featuring some of the team’s best players. Wow, what a concept!
Leury Garcia singled, Tim Anderson walked (gasp!) and Yoan Moncada singled before Eloy Jimenez walked to the plate.
Jimenez appeared to take an inside-out swing and just muscle it over the right field wall for a grand slam — the first of his career. Many more to come, we hope.
The Sox needed all four of those runs to keep the lead in the top of the inning. Alex Gordon and Ryan O’Hearn hit solo shots of their own.
But power-hitting center fielder Adam Engel joined in on the home run party in the bottom-half with a solo home run. Who needs the Sox to go after J.D. Martinez or Nicholas Castellanos in the offseason anyway?
Nova certainly settled down after his early-inning troubles. The righty went 5 2/3 and did not look most pleased with getting pulled before having an opportunity at a quality start.
Regardless, the Sox got out of the inning, and the bullpen would not give up another run the rest of the night.
The game would stay at 5-3 until the bottom of the seventh inning. Yoan Moncada changed that with a two-run bomb to straightaway center field. The home run was 110 mph off the bat and went 452 feet into the shrubbery.
Jimmy Cordero came on in the ninth to seal the win.
Overall, a good win for the Sox tonight. Another good “future game” that showcased why Yoan Moncada and Eloy Jimenez would love to see some additions to the lineup this offseason.
The core of Anderson, Jimenez and Moncada should certainly excite Sox fans. But the front office NEEDS a good winter for this team to get serious about playoff aspirations for next season.
Apologies for getting off-topic from tonight’s game, but it certainly got me thinking how frustrating it would be to waste these years from that core.
Anyway, Reynaldo Lopez vs. Glenn Sparkman is your pitching matchup tomorrow at 7 on the South Side.