Early turnaround: Though the White Sox fell behind early, things got better for them in a hurry thanks to timely hitting and a great performance by Reynaldo López. (FanGraphs)
Reynaldo López was today’s leader in wins probability added, as he added .213 wins for the White Sox. After allowing an early home run to Miguel Cabrera, López settled down and was outstanding the rest of the way. His line: eight innings, one run, five hits, one walk, nine strikeouts.
In his 34th career plate appearance, Danny Mendick hit his second home run. Mendick’s home run was a two-run shot, and it gave the White Sox some insurance, putting them up by a score of 6-1. It has been a good day for Mendick, who turned 26 today.
The Tigers only managed to put three balls in play with an exit velocity of 95 mph or more. Many props to the White Sox’s pitching staff, mainly López, for shutting them down.
Eloy Jiménez hit his 31st home run by smashing a liner off the foul pole in the seventh inning. Had that shot missed the pole, its projected distance was 403 feet. Jiménez is ending his rookie season on a high note.
Miguel Cabrera hit his 37th career home run against the White Sox to open the scoring. The only teams he has more home runs against are the Twins (42) and Cleveland (46). Cabrera’s home run was the 476th of his career. Coincidentally, on the third inning review in which Leury García was eventually ruled out at first, the estimated review time was 37 seconds.
Adam Engel’s single in the third inning left his bat at 104.0 mph. Considering Engel’s average exit velocity was only 84.1 mph entering play today, that sharp single caught many White Sox fans by surprise.