Remaining hot: Eloy Jiménez continued his impressive run at the plate, as he went 3-for-5 with a grand slam and a triple in tonight’s victory. (Clinton Cole/South Side Hit Pen)
After a scoreless first inning, the White Sox struck first in the top of the second. Through three hitters that inning, the White Sox were only a home run shy of the cycle. Eloy Jiménez, who has been red hot at the plate lately, led off with his second triple. Zack Collins followed with an RBI double, and James McCann singled to put runners on the corners with no outs. After a Yolmer Sánchez single, the White Sox led by a score of 2-0.
In the bottom of the second, Dylan Cease pitched around a leadoff double and a walk by striking out John Hicks on a 97 mph fastball. In the third, the White Sox built on their momentum, as José Abreu led off with a single, and Yoán Moncada blasted his 24th home run of the season.
Moncada’s homer left the bat at 109 mph and traveled 411 feet. More importantly, it extended the White Sox’s lead to four.
The Tigers got on the board in the third, when Dylan Cease issued a dreaded leadoff walk to open the inning. After singles by Harold Castro and Miguel Cabrera, the Tigers had cut the deficit to 4-1. However, Cease settled down and worked out of a jam (runners on the corners, one out) to limit the damage. That was as close as the Tigers got the rest of the way.
The White Sox blew this game wide open in the fifth inning. After Sánchez drove in another run with a double, the White Sox had the bases loaded after a Tim Anderson single and a Moncada intentional pass. Up to the plate stepped Eloy Jiménez.
Remember that awful start that Eloy got off to? Well, not only is his defense looking noticeably better than earlier this year, but his OPS is up to .826, and his wRC+ is up to 118. Suddenly, Jiménez is looking like the player the White Sox were expecting. Back in early June, who would have thought it?
Meanwhile, starter Dylan Cease pitched arguably his best game in the majors. For his third consecutive start, he allowed only one run, but he lasted longer this time (six innings) than in the previous two. Cease also struck out eight while walking only two, which is a ratio that White Sox fans should be happy with. Sure, Cease was facing the Tigers, but his stuff was effective, and weak opposition is far from the only reason he did well tonight.
The White Sox tacked on one more on an Adam Engel double to make the score 10-1, and the bullpen pitched three scoreless innings. The White Sox will take on the Tigers again tomorrow, and that game will start at 5:10 CST. Once again, NBC Sports Chicago will televise it, and WGN 720 will have the radio coverage. Let’s get win No. 68.