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Faux reporter Yolmer Sanchez makes several strong defensive plays in White Sox win

Faux reporter Yolmer Sanchez makes several strong defensive plays in White Sox win

SEATTLE — Yolmer Sanchez learned from an earlier mistake to help convert a smooth double play on Sunday afternoon.

Two days after he started a rundown too early, the White Sox second baseman said better mental preparation led to him perfect execution of a similar play. Sanchez made several nice defensive plays in Sunday’s 8-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners and also extended his career-best hitting streak to 12 games with a two-run single in the first inning.

Manager Rick Renteria liked how Sanchez adjusted from the earlier play, one of seven double plays he participated in over the team’s last two games.

“He went after the runner, held on a little too long and this one he executed perfectly,” Renteria said. “He got the runner going back toward first, was able to get (Jarrod) Dyson at first and redirect the play into a rundown, which was excellent. In the first game, we had something like that that didn’t go as well.”

Sanchez — who is hitting .327/.367/.455 with 13 RBIs in 110 plate appearances — said part of his execution in the third inning on Sunday was because he was better prepared. With the slow-footed Tuffy Gosewisch on first and the speedy Dyson at the plate, Sanchez knew he’d have to make a quick decision on any play headed his way.

Dyson put the ball in play with Sanchez having to charge in to glove it. When he did, Sanchez took a step toward Gosewisch, forcing him to retreat toward first, before Sanchez fired the ball to first baseman Jose Abreu in time to retire Dyson. Abreu then threw a relay to shortstop Tim Anderson and the White Sox ran down Gosewisch for the second out of the inning.

“That particular play two days ago, I didn’t think before the ground ball,” Sanchez said. “Today I was really ready for that play. I was really ready. I knew we had a fast runner on the play, get that runner and then the run down.”

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It was one of four double plays the White Sox defense converted behind starter Derrick Holland, who pitched eight innings of one-run ball. Sanchez also made a great running, sliding catch in shallow center on Dan Vogelbach’s pop up to end the second inning. Had the ball fallen, Ben Gamel may have scored a run.

Holland recognized Sanchez for his efforts, though that may have had more to do with the second baseman’s latest round of crashing a teammate’s interview. Sanchez is so constantly a fixture in his teammates’ interviews that the White Sox may want to consider issuing him a media credential. He often holds his phone up to players mouths as if he were also recording the interview and sometimes holds a bat up behind a crowd of reporters as if it were a boom microphone.

“You've got to tip your cap to Yolmer for doing such a good job out there,” Holland said. “Good job, Yolmer.”

Said Sanchez: “Thank you very much my friend.”

“You're welcome, my friend,” Holland shot back.

Holland would have his revenge shortly thereafter. Both he and third baseman Todd Frazier parachuted in to disrupt Sanchez’s postgame interview. Outfielder Avisail Garcia also dropped by. The second baseman playfully chided all.

“I’m working here,” Sanchez said.

Eloy Jimenez is starting to show off his big power

Eloy Jimenez is starting to show off his big power

It appears Eloy Jimenez is heating up.

The White Sox rookie outfielder didn’t get off to a great start this season, but he showed flashes of his potential. Then, he went down with injury and missed more than three weeks.

After going 0-for-7 in his first two games back from injury, Jimenez broke out with two home runs on Wednesday. He followed that up with another bomb on Thursday in a 4-0 win in Houston.


The fact that Jimenez stringing home runs together wasn't the big story of the game is a testament to Lucas Giolito's impressive outing on the mound.

Jimenez now has as many home runs in the four games since coming back from injury (3) as he had in his first 21 games before going down. That’s far too small of a sample size to say the time off did anything productive for Jimenez, but the 22-year-old is showing the power he was known for in the minors.

Overall, Jimenez is hitting .234/.280/.447. The average and on-base percentage are lower than expected considering he was a career .311 hitter in the minors. However, eight of his 22 hits in the majors have gone for extra bases, with six of those being home runs.

Thursday’s home run went 414 feet after he blasted shots of 419 and 417 feet the night before.

He also had some fun with the camera in the dugout and then had some fun in the field by celebrating a diving catch with a laugh.


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After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

After rain-shortened complete game last time out, Lucas Giolito goes the distance for real against Astros

Lucas Giolito technically had a complete game in his last start, but it was a five-inning rain-shortened complete game.

Giolito himself said he didn’t count that as a complete game.

“I don't consider it a complete game until I get nine,” said after the May 18 win against the Blue Jays.

Giolito got his nine Thursday in Houston. The 24-year-old right-hander went the distance and shutout the Astros.

In a postgame interview on NBC Sports Chicago with broadcasters Jason Benetti and Steve Stone, Giolito laughed when talking about the five-inning complete game. He said he had a couple seven-inning complete games in the minor leagues, but had never gone this deep into a game in his professional career.

“Never got to the ninth inning in my career so it’s a special moment for me,” Giolito said.

When Yuli Gurriel popped out to third base for the last out of the game, Giolito immediately started emphatically clapping his hand into his glove with excitement. He then gave catcher James McCann a high five and a hug.

He limited the Astros to four hits and one walk and used 107 pitches for the complete game. Giolito added nine strikeouts.

Entering the ninth inning, Giolito said there was no discussion from manager Rick Renteria or anyone else about having the bullpen close out the 4-0 win.

“I knew my pitch count was low enough to go out there so there was no need to talk about it,” Giolito said.

This is the third time the Astros, which are tied for the MLB lead in wins at 33, have been shutout this season. They hadn’t been shutout in Houston since Sept. 19 of last season.

Entering Thursday, the Astros led all of baseball in team batting average, on-base percentage and OPS so there’s nothing cheap about this Giolito performance.

“I just felt good today,” Giolito said. “I had a lot of first-pitch strikes. I kept it efficient. I was taking a look at the pitch counts around the seventh and I was like ‘OK, I think if we stay on the same page I think we’re going to get this.’”

Immediately after he said that he got the postgame ice bucket shower from Jose Rondon.

Giolito has been on a heck of a run lately and his season ERA dropped below 3 with this outing. He now has a 2.77 ERA on the season, which is 15th best in baseball.


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