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Chicago White Sox: 1 player dominated in Thursday’s big win

CHICAGO - JULY 30: Cesar Hernandez #12 of the Chicago White Sox fields against the Cleveland Indians on July 30, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images)
CHICAGO - JULY 30: Cesar Hernandez #12 of the Chicago White Sox fields against the Cleveland Indians on July 30, 2021 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Ron Vesely/Getty Images) /
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When the Chicago White Sox traded for Cesar Hernández, they knew he could do two things well and that is play defense and hit home runs. The White Sox got both from him on Thursday. They knew that they needed to find some offense.

Over there past five games, they had scored just 11 runs. Cesar Hernádez jumped started their big series finale vs the Toronto Blue Jays with a solo home run to tie the game in the second inning. He took a hanging slider from Hyun Jin Ryu and poked it over the left-field wall. The home run was Hernádez’s 21st of the season and 3rd with the White Sox.

Hernadez wasn’t done leaving an impression on the game, however. He singled on a sharp line drive to right field in the fourth inning and later came around to score on a Leury Garcia double. On the defensive end, Hernandez flashed the leather at second base.

In the eighth inning, he took away a hit from Lourdes Gurriel by getting to a ground ball up the middle and making a nice play to get the out at first base. He also made a nice catch in the first inning on a ball that was heading for trouble in shallow right field between Andrew Vaughn and Brian Goodwin.

Cesar Hernandez is a big part of what the Chicago White Sox are doing this season.

Hernandez has proven to be a nice pickup for the White Sox. His defense at second base has been superb. In 2020 he won an AL Gold Glove at second base with the Cleveland Indians. He has shown White Sox fans that he was worthy of that award with his range and arm strength.

While he has struggled recently at the plate, he can provide power that Nick Madrigal didn’t possess which makes this lineup even more dangerous. His fingerprints were all over Thursday’s win over the Blue Jays and look for him to be a contributing factor as the season rolls along.

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