Chicago White Sox: Andrew Vaughn leads them into All-Star Break
The Chicago White Sox had a rather stressful win on Sunday afternoon. The Baltimore Orioles were down to their final out before Trey Mancini hit a pinch-hit home run in the bottom of the ninth inning. Liam Hendriks is an All-Star closer so we don’t see these things too often. Adam Engel bailed him out with a three-run home run in the top of the 10th and the White Sox hung on to win 7-5.
Andrew Vaughn has been great for the Chicago White Sox so far this season.
It was close in the end but that isn’t the biggest story from this game. Of course, Dylan Cease had a nice start, Tim Anderson is on a 12 game hitting streak, and Michael Kopech had another inning where he struck out the side but Andrew Vaughn is the story. He hit two home runs in this game to give the White Sox a chance to win the ballgame in the end.
Each home run was to a different part of the field which tells you that he is starting to spray to all fields. They were his ninth and tenth home runs of the season to wrap up his first rookie half. Being on pace for around 20 home runs as a rookie isn’t a bad place to be at all. He might even eclipse that if he starts to get even hotter as the year goes along.
Vaughn was penciled in as a potential DH before the season began but nothing was guaranteed. When Eloy Jimenez injured himself, Vaughn was pegged as the guy who could replace him in left field. Not only has he played the position well enough to keep that job, but he has also excelled.
The fact that he was able to hit two out to end the pre-All-Star portion of the schedule is good for everyone involved. He will be an All-Star-caliber hitter in short order which is going to look really nice in a lineup with other All-Star-caliber hitters. He has the potential to be one of the best hitters on one of the best teams.
When they resume after the break, you can expect Vaughn to start a run. He is starting to really polish off as a hitter which is great. He was already crushing left-handed pitching so it was good to see his second home run of the game come against a righty. If he can continue to hit the way he has been lately, he will be a big part of a deep playoff run.