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White Sox: Young Players Stepped Up To End Losing Streak

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 22: Charlie Tilson #22 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated at home plate by Eloy Jimenez #74, James McCann #33 and Yonder Alonso #17 after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TEXAS - MAY 22: Charlie Tilson #22 of the Chicago White Sox is congratulated at home plate by Eloy Jimenez #74, James McCann #33 and Yonder Alonso #17 after hitting a grand slam in the sixth inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 22, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /
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White Sox snapped losing streak thanks in large part to young players on the team that stepped up against one of the best squads in the American League.

Entering this current road trip, the Chicago White Sox were already going to be underdogs as they faced off against two of the top teams in the American League. In their first two games against the Houston Astros this week, their inability to hang with a top team was showcased mightily.

However, on Wednesday night, it would be the White Sox turn to give the Astros a taste of their own medicine. With the help of many young players, the Sox were able to end their brief three-game losing streak and get a win in Houston for the first time since 2017.

Many young players contributed to the win for the White Sox. Players such as Eloy Jimenez, Yoan Moncada, Tim Anderson, and Charlie Tilson were all major factors in the Sox victory over the Astros. Jimenez, playing in his third game since returning from the injured list had his second two home run game of the season.

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Jimenez didn’t have a good first two games of the Sox current four-game series with the Astros. But his two home run effort on Wednesday night was much-needed for himself and the Sox offense. The other time Jimenez hit two home runs was in early April against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. The 22-year-old has yet to hit a home run at home this season.

Another highlight from the Sox young players in their win on Wednesday night was the triple play turned in the infield. With no outs in the third inning and Ivan Nova facing a tough Astros lineup with runners on first and second base, Jake Marisnick would hit a groundball into a 5-4-3 triple play that was started by Moncada and couldn’t have been completed without a solid throw from Yolmer Sanchez to Jose Abreu.

This set the tone for the Sox night in Houston. It would only get better as although they would fall behind the Astros 3-2 after the fourth inning, a huge sixth inning would catapult the Sox to a win. In the sixth inning, the Sox would score six runs with four of those runs coming from Charlie Tilson who went to high school at New Trier in Winnetka, Ill.

Tilson hit a grand slam in the sixth inning. This would not only be his first major league grand slam but his first career home run in MLB. Not a bad time for Tilson to hit his first major league home run.

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As written about earlier this week, the current road trip for the Sox was expected to be tough. With the Sox facing two of the top teams in the AL in the Astros and the Minnesota Twins coming up this weekend, this team could have a hard time getting wins on the road this week. If they continue to play as they did on Wednesday, the Sox could come home with a few more wins.

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