The Chicago White Sox won their game on Wednesday by a final score of 9-8. There were some offensive explosions for both them and the Minnesota Twins but the White Sox avoided being swept. Getting this win was so important for a variety of reasons.
Right before the game, the White Sox activated Eloy Jimenez off the 60-Day Injured List. He was in AAA Charlotte on a rehab assignment and hasn’t played in the MLB since April 23rd with this injury. He was in the starting lineup as the sixth hitter and played left field.
They would not have won this game if it weren’t for him. He hit a home run to tie the game at three early on in the game. He also had another RBI hit later on. It was as impressive of an offensive game as you can expect from someone making a long-awaited return like that.
The White Sox offense has been very dry for the first half of the season. The games that they have won have been in large part because of good pitching. However, sometimes their offense stalls and makes it hard to win. Seeing Eloy spark them with a huge day was amazing to see.
The Chicago White Sox needed to win badly and Eloy Jimenez delivered for them.
Jimenez clearly sparked that as everyone was hitting in this one. A lack of home runs has been the issue and Jimenez can clearly help with that. Luis Robert and Andrew Vaughn each followed his lead and hit big ones of their own.
Jimenez is (somewhat wrongly) known as a liability in left field. He isn’t great by any means but he is certainly better than some of the first basemen that play out there regularly. In this game, he made an outstanding catch that took him into the netting.
The pitcher Reynaldo Lopez certainly appreciated the effort. When he is on his game, he can impact it in multiple ways. It was good to see him go out there and make a big play with his glove in his first game back.
As long as he can stay on the field, he is as impactful of a player as this team has. His health has been an issue over the last few years but we have to hope that this is the start of a long healthy run. The White Sox clearly need him badly.