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On The Farm: Nate Jones Comes Up Big For The Dash

On The Farm: Nate Jones Comes Up Big For The Dash

Thursday Aug. 29, 2010
Posted: 9:51 p.m.
By Kevin Czerwinski
CSNChicago.com
WHITE SOXWinston-Salem A
Nate Jones was brilliant Tuesday night as the Dash continued to hold their lead in the Carolina Leagues Southern Division. The big right-hander picked up his 11th victory as Winston-Salem upended Lynchburg, 6-0, at BB&T Ballpark.

Jones went seven innings, scattering three hits and striking out three. It was his second consecutive victory and third in four starts, a 26-inning stretch in which hes posted a 2.08 ERA. Taylor Thompson and Tyson Corley allowed one hit over the final two innings to preserve the shutout.

Jose Martinez had two hits, including a homer and three RBIs. Seth Loman added a solo homer while Kenny Williams drove in a pair.
Kannapolis A
The Intimidators scored three ninth-inning runs and rallied for a 5-2 victory at Delmarva. John Spatolas two-run triple was the big blow. He then scored on a wild pitch to close out the rally.

Spatolas effort made a winner of Kevin Moran, who picked up his first Sally League victory of the season. Orlando Santos pitched a scoreless ninth for his 15th save.

Bristol Rookie
Jarrett Casey finally got off the schneid Tuesday night, earning his first victory as Bristol held off a late Kingsport rally for a 4-2 win.

Casey had been 0-7 prior to the game but tossed six shutout innings, scattering six hits. Chase Blackwood had three hits, including a homer, and an RBI.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday and the White Sox will be well represented. There are currently seven players on the Peoria Seguaros roster. Pitchers Anthony Carter, Charlie Leesman, Johnnie Lowe and Henry Maybee will be joined by catcher Josh Phegley, infielder Eduardo Escobar and outfielder Jared Mitchell, considered by many to be Chicagos top prospect before he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in spring training. Rich Dotson will serve as the pitching coach.
In other action, catcher Adam Ricks came off the DL in Winston-Salem and was promoted to Charlotte. RHP Carlos Torres was optioned to Charlotte from Chicago. RHP Brian Omogrosso was optioned from Charlotte to Birmingham. The Knights, meanwhile, dropped a 5-2 decision at Birmingham. Freddy Dolsi took the loss. Carolina defeated Birmingham, 9-4. Omogrosso got in and pitched a scoreless inning after Angel Garcia allowed seven runs on seven hits over six innings.
CUBSDaytona A
Daytonas playoff chances took a hit Tuesday night as Clearwater rallied in the bottom of the 10th inning for a 2-1 victory at Bright House Field.

The Cubs had taken a 1-0 lead in the top half of the inning on a Jose Valdez RBI single.
Jake Opitz led off the inning with a double, was bunted to third and scored on Valdezs single to left. Jeff Beliveau came on to pitch the bottom of the inning and issued a leadoff walk, one of two he would allow in the inning, before ultimately loading the bases and giving up a two-run single to Darin Ruf.

Catcher Mark Reed was promoted to Tennessee while catcher Mario Mercedes was added from Tennessee. Daytona catcher Mike Brenly and his teammates first baseman Rebel Ridling and second baseman DJ LeMahieu were named to the Florida State Leagues post-season all-star team.
Arizona Fall League
The AFL announced its rosters on Tuesday and the Cubs will be well represented. There are currently seven players on the Mesa Solar Sox roster. Pitchers David Cale, Chris Carpenter, Jake Muyco and Kyle Smit will be joined by infielders Ryan Flaherty and Josh Vitters as well as outfielder Brett Jackson. Casey Kopitzke will be the manager.
In other action, Tennessee managed only three hits and dropped a 5-0 decision at Jacksonville. Chris Archer 8-2 allowed four runs in five innings.

Kevin Czerwinski can be reached at ktczerwinski@gmail.com.

Rebuild, meet overdrive: Eloy Jimenez provides best snapshot of White Sox progress yet

Rebuild, meet overdrive: Eloy Jimenez provides best snapshot of White Sox progress yet

A rebuild, White Sox fans know all too well, takes place over a lengthy period of time. Progression, development, these aren’t things easily pointed to as a single moment.

Allow Eloy Jimenez to provide an exception to the rule.

The White Sox contention window might not have been yanked open with one broken-bat homer to beat the Crosstown-rival Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field. But Jimenez’s game-winner was the best single image yet of the direction Rick Hahn’s rebuilding project is moving.

Surely you don’t need a refresher on the highlight seen ‘round Chicagoland by now, but take a second to realize how incredible, how unscriptable it was: Jimenez, traded away by the Cubs two summers ago, up in a tie game in the ninth inning in his first game at the ballpark he always assumed would be where he’d be playing his big league games. Well, he finally played a big league game inside the Friendly Confines — and he delivered an unforgettable moment for the team on the other side of town.

Yeah, maybe it’s perhaps a little hyperbolic, maybe it’s a pure reaction to the moment, but: Rebuild, meet overdrive.

“We’re playing in the city of champions,” manager Rick Renteria said after the game. “The White Sox were champions at one time, the Cubbies have been champions. You have a history of basketball and football. It’s the city of champions, so a lot is expected of them. They’re starting to embrace it, understand it and revel in it.”

Talk of championships might seem a tad premature for these White Sox, still under .500 even after Jimenez blasted them to dramatic victory on the North Side. But then again, that’s been the end goal of the rebuild from Day 1. Rick Hahn has said repeatedly that the rebuild won’t be a success unless there’s a parade.

Jimenez’s homer came in June, not October. But it cranked the dial even further on the blindingly bright future these White Sox are building.

Lucas Giolito is providing examples of progress every time he steps on the mound these days. Tim Anderson and Yoan Moncada and Luis Robert and Dylan Cease are doing their part, too. But no one has been as central a part of the future than Jimenez, the guy who’s supposed to be the middle-of-the-order power bat in this lineup for the next decade. The way he delivered Tuesday made for a flag-planting type moment on the White Sox journey up baseball’s mountain.

“We all knew the talent was there from the get-go as soon as the club acquired him. It was just a matter of time for him to get to the big leagues, get comfortable in the big leagues,” Giolito said after the game. “I think he's getting comfortable with the big leagues a lot faster than I would've predicted. He's a really, really good player, great teammate. Can't say enough good things about Eloy. He really delivered for us tonight, and it was a big one.”

Again, it’s June. It’s a game against a National League opponent, not exactly the kind of game that helps chew up the deficit separating the White Sox and the out-of-this-world Minnesota Twins at the top of the AL Central. But within these city limits, it’s hard to imagine a bigger stage than this.

The media swarmed Jimenez postgame, causing him to express some shock at the number of cameras and recorders suddenly thrust in his face. He’s been asked a million times what it would be like to play in Wrigley Field. When he rounded first base, the smile on his face — a permanent fixture — was enormous. He gave a huge clap when he touched home plate. Were the emotions what he’d been dreaming of?

“Yes,” was the only verbal response. The body language told a much richer story. He let out ebullient sounds that brought to mind Tim “The Toolman” Taylor. The smile nearly got too big for his face.

These were the Cubs he just beat, a team so often the comparison point for these White Sox. They’re trying to find their way through the same total rebuild the Cubs went through. And without these Cubs, the White Sox might not be as far along as they currently are. Thanks to that trade, which brought Jimenez and Dylan Cease into starring roles in this rebuild, the championship future Hahn has envisioned looks realistic. It looks closer.

The North Siders came out the other end of a rebuild champions. The White Sox have their eyes on the same result.

It might not happen tomorrow, even if the bright spots are shining through now more than ever. But it’s something the White Sox are fully chasing. This is the city of champions, after all.

“It means a lot because we’re fighting for a spot in the playoffs,” Jimenez said. “We have been playing really good and I think that was a good victory for us.”

A good victory for now. A good victory for later. A good victory, indeed.

That was a storybook ending. And it’s only the end of Act I, Scene I.

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy Jimenez drives to Wrigley with Chuck, then drives a dagger into the Cubs hearts

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White Sox Talk Podcast: Eloy Jimenez drives to Wrigley with Chuck, then drives a dagger into the Cubs hearts

For his first regular season game ever against the Cubs, Eloy Jimenez got a ride from Chuck Garfien which started at Guaranteed Rate Field, stopped at Wrigley Field and ended with Jimenez hitting the game-winning home run in the 9th. First, Vinnie Duber joins Chuck to discuss how Jimenez homered despite breaking his bat (2:00). On the ride, Jimenez' talks about playing at Wrigley (8:20), what Cubs fans say to him now that he's on the White Sox (10:00), how he persuaded Rick Renteria to let him pinch-hit against the Cubs in a spring training game in 2018, and homered (11:30), what his mother thinks of him saying "Hi Mom" (14:30), Jimenez sings hip-hop (17:40), why a home run against the Cubs would mean so much (24:50), his reaction when the Cubs traded him to the White Sox (27:20) and more.

Listen to the full podcast here or via the embedded player below: