Eloy Jimenez scored his first major success of the season, firing the green light from three runs in the eighth inning that sent the Chicago White Sox over the Kansas City Royals 5-3 on Tuesday night.
The 24-year-old, who was the 2019 New Player of the Year and then continued his strength during the short pandemic season, tore a pectoral muscle in spring training. He hadn’t played in the majors until he went to 0 for 4 on Monday night.
But Jimenez quickly made up for lost time in his second match. After hitting a song on his first hit, he came in eighth following a deliberate walk twice to Jose Abreu with Chicago trailing 3-2.
Jimenez called the 459-foot drive to the left of center off Kyle Zimmer (4-1) to close out a four-stroke rally.
“I was thinking they’d walk Jose because they didn’t think I was ready,” Jimenez said. “But I was ready for it.”
Jiménez, better known for his noise than gauntlet, started on the left field.
“First of all, Eloy was the defensive star of the game,” Chicago coach Tony La Russa said. “Those were things that were in the Gold Glove. But if I’m (Royals manager) Mike (Matheney), I’m making the alike move. (Eloy) hasn’t taken seriously the bat in four or five months.
“But this is legitimate,” he said.
The White Sox increased their lead in AL Central to 9 1/2 games. They won all season despite their lack of strength – they started the penultimate game in the AL with 106 players, three more than the Royals.
Yoán Moncada had an RBI chaser in eighth who took Chicago in 3-2.
The loss interrupted Kansas City’s six-game winning streak.
Reinaldo Lopez (1-0) won the rest. Liam Hendricks tackled his twenty-fifth preserve.
The royals missed out on a brilliant effort by Brad Keeler, who allowed the run with four strokes over seven innings. He presented on his birthday for the first time in his professional career as he turned 26 years old.
“It’s baseball,” Keeler said of baseball’s failure. “It’s just the way the game goes. Our bulls have been nails all year. It’s going to happen. It’s a tough loss; nobody wants to see that. These guys have been bad all season.”
This was Keeler’s fourth straight quality start following only throwing three in his first 17 games.
Chicago starter Dylan Seas also had a pleasing start, giving up two winning rounds and six hits in six innings. Walked one and hit six.
White Sox right-back Andrew Vaughn dropped a streak, helping the Royals with two goals per second.
Gavin Sheets hits Homer solo for fourth, giving rookie White Sox six home runs in 63 major league players.
White Sox: Lewis Robert has been transferred from High-A Winston-Salem to Triple-A Charlotte on a rehab assignment following an injury. Robert is coming out of a strain on his right hip flexor, a conclude tear that has left him aside since beforetime May.
White Sox RHP sends Lucas Giolito (8-7, 3.78 ERA) to the hill. He’s 1-1 with (six achieved runs in 11 innings) against Kansas City in 2021. For his career, he’s 8-3 with a 3.12 ERA in 15 starts.
The Royal Family will confront LHP Kris Bubic (3-4, 4.72 ERA). Bubic has been much better than Bullpen this season. Prior to his final start, Bubic had possessed 6.34 ERA (27 wins in 38 1/3 runs) in his previous eight starts, and 2.96 ERAs (eight earned runs in 24 1/3 innings) in eight relief appearances. But in his final start, July 23 against Detroit, he once allowed a six-stroke run in six innings.