Since joining the White Sox in the Jose Quintana trade, Eloy Jimenez has been on fire for the Winston-Salem Dash and is firing up White Sox fans by calling home runs.
On Saturday night, Jimenez did more to get White Sox fans drooling over his potential. He clubbed a pair of absolute bombs for the Dash in a 12-7 victory.
Jimenez's first home run was a 424-foot solo shot. His next at-bat he drilled one over the Dash's Foothills Brewing Brew Pen for 411 feet.
Those pair of no-doubters bring Jimenez's home run total, counting his time with Cubs' Carolina League affiliate Myrtle Beach, to 16 on the season. It took him a month to hit eight bombs for the Dash.
Jimenez is putting up video game numbers in his 27 games with the Dash. The 20-year-old outfielder is hitting .380/.446/.750. His .499 slugging percentage on the season would be third best in the league if he qualified. Jimenez didn't debut this season until May 14.
This came on a night when top White Sox pitching prospect Michael Kopech struck out 10 batters for the AA Birmingham Barons in seven scoreless innings. Kopech allowed three hits and two walks. He has allowed three earned runs in his last six starts and has 54 strikeouts against seven walks in 41 innings during that stretch.
With the Cubs back in the NLCS, White Sox fans have had to deal with another post-season of Cubs this and Cubs that. How does one escape it? Diehard White Sox fan John Kass of the Chicago Tribune comes on the podcast to talk with Chuck Garfien about his recent column entitled "Searching for a safe space in Cubslandia." Kass talks about how he's dealing with the Cubs success and how White Sox fans can find this safe space. He tells the story about taking the White Sox World Series trophy into a Chicago Tribune board meeting in 2005 to rub it in the faces of the Trib's executives who were all Cubs fans.
Kass talks about how he watches the Cubs in the playoffs, the Chicago media coverage of their playoff run and how Cubs fans will react if they don't repeat as champions. Garfien and Kass also discuss the White Sox rebuild, the Cubs losing in 2003 and why Kass will be calling Cubs Pre and Post host David Kaplan in the middle of the night if and when the Cubs are eliminated.
Former White Sox pitcher Daniel Webb died at the age of 28 in an ATV accident on Saturday night, according to Humphreys County Sheriff Chris Davis.
Davis called it a “tragic accident, and we should rally around the family.”
Webb, a Paducah, Ky. native, was with the White Sox from 2013-16 and went 7-5 with a 4.50 ERA.
The White Sox released this statement:
Daniel left many friends within the Chicago White Sox organization, and we are all shocked and stunned by the news of last night's terrible accident. He was a terrific young man with a full life ahead of him. All thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends as they deal with today's tragic news.