Nomar Mazara needs to be better and he finally hit his first Chicago White Sox home run.
The Chicago White Sox earned a big win against a white-hot Cincinnati Reds team. The big win came against Trevor Bauer who is in line for the National League Cy Young Award. They were able to defeat him on national television and slide that much closer to a division title. In the process, Nomar Mazara was able to hit his first home run in a White Sox uniform which was so nice to see.
He struggled to start his Sox career but has been hitting a little bit more lately and his first homer of the season came at the perfect time as it put the Sox up 1-0 over Bauer. The Sox needed this win and Mazara was able to get them off and running.
We don’t know how long the Mazara experiment is going to last but it is fair to assume that they are going to use him down the stretch here. Hopefully, he is able to really get hot and be a good contributor to their playoff success. He doesn’t need to be their leader in any way but being a solid depth piece in the lineup would be nice.
This Mazara home run is pretty big for the White Sox. Nick Madrigal is the only other regular starter that isn’t expected to hit for power every once in a while so if Mazara can be a guy who can contribute some power, this lineup will be even more dangerous.
Dallas Keuchel took the ball coming off the injured list in this one. He wasn’t his normal self but he was still good enough to go four scoreless innings and have seven strikeouts. The bullpen took care of the rest and kept the Reds off the board entirely. If all of this can continue to come together, this will be a dangerous team heading into the playoffs.