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Simeon's late push knocks off Farragut

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Simeon's late push knocks off Farragut

By Michael O'Brien
Yourseason.com

Simeon coach Robert Smith smiled and didnt deny that his team probably doesnt hit the boards too hard after Jabari Parker shoots.

Its because they think its going in, thats all, said Smith.

Friday against Farragut, Parkers smooth jumper didnt fall quite as often as usual and it helped keep the Admirals in the game until a fourth-quarter run that gave the top-ranked Wolverines a 50-43 win at North Park.

Parker finished with 17 points and nine rebounds and shot 8-for-19 from the field, but only two of those makes were jumpers.

The game was tied at the half and Simeon (3-0) led by three after three quarters. The Wolverines held Farragut to just one basket in the final 2:16, during which Kendrick Nunn and Reggie Norris each scored key baskets for Simeon. Up until that point, the Wolverines had relied on Parker and Steve Taylor (15 points, 14 rebounds) for almost all of the scoring.

Thats their role, Smith said of Taylor and Parker. But other guys have to step up.

Farragut senior Rashaun Stimage was a force with 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Stimage is one of the best players in the state, by far, said Smith.

Lavell Boyd scored 11 for No. 21 Farragut (2-3) and David Scott scored six and

grabbed nine rebounds while doing a nice job defending Taylor and Parker in

the paint.

David Scott is a tough guy, Farragut coach William Nelson said. He gets

out there and roughs it up a little.

Farragut point guard John Carter was the primary reason the Admirals were able to keep pace with the nations top-ranked team. He handled the Simeon pressure with poise, and used his speed to keep the Wolverines off-balance.

I tried my best, Stimage said. It wasnt enough. We played a good game. I lost in the supersectional to them last year and wanted my revenge.

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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