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Eloy Jiménez weekend recap for the record books

Eloy Jiménez weekend recap for the record books

In case you missed it, and how could you, Eloy Jiménez hit his first – and second – Major League home run Friday night at Yankee Stadium.

Here is the Statcast information on the pair of blasts:

First HR

108.6 MPH exit velocity

Distance: 425' Launch angle: 23°

Second HR

111.0 MPH exit velocity

Distance: 446' Launch angle 24°

His two home runs averaged 435.5 feet, which is 100.5 feet further than Aaron Judge’s home run on Saturday afternoon.

Also:

  • He is the first White Sox player since Abreu on 4/8/2014 at Coors Field to hit his first two career home runs in the same game.
  • He is the first White Sox player with six multi-hit games in first 12 career MLB games since Craig Wilson (8) in 1998

In addition to that, Jiménez found himself on a number of fun historic lists.

Jiménez is the sixth White Sox player since 1960 to hit his first career MLB home run at Yankee Stadium (new or old). Each of the last three times a Sox player did it, the game was shortened by rain.

Eloy Jiménez, 4/12/2019 – 7-inning rain-shortened game

Miguel Olivo, 9/15/2002 – 6-inning rain-shortened game (Olivo’s first career plate appearance)

Lance Johnson, 7/12/1990 – 7-inning rain-shortened game (Melido Perez pitched an unofficial no-hitter)

Bill Melton, 9/11/1968

Tommy John, 9/25/1965  (yes, that Tommy John)

Brian McCall, 9/30/1962

Speaking of rain-shortened games…

White Sox players to hit multiple home runs in a game shorter than nine innings

Eloy Jiménez, 4/12/2019

He’s the only one in franchise history. Thanks to the Elias Sports Bureau for research assistance.

Jiménez is the fifth youngest player in White Sox history to hit multiple home runs in a game, and the youngest since Hall of Famer Harold Baines.

Brian McCall, 19 years, 248 days, 9/30/1962

Carlos May, 20 y, 327 d, 4/9/1969

Carlos May, 20 y, 334 d, 4/16/1969

Harold Baines, 21 y, 176 d, 9/7/1980

Chet Lemon, 22 y, 112 d, 6/4/1977

Eloy Jiménez, 22 y, 136 d, 4/12/2019

Jiménez is the fifth player to hit his first two career home runs as a visitor at Yankee Stadium (new or old); the first since Manny Ramírez! The second White Sox player to do so. The first to do it before September.

Jess Doyle, Tigers, 9/28/1925

Brian McCall, White Sox, 9/30/1962

Luis Medina, Indians, 9/7/1988 – both off the aforementioned Tommy John

Manny Ramírez, Indians, 9/3/1993

Eloy Jiménez, White Sox, 4/12/2019

Jiménez is the seventh player in White Sox history with a multi-HR game within his first 12 career MLB games.

Eloy Jiménez. Game 12, Yankee Stadium, 4/12/2019

José Abreu, Game 10, U.S. Cellular Field, 4/10/2014

José Abreu, Game 8, Coors Field, 4/8/2014

Brian Anderson, Game 5, Safeco Field, 8/26/2005

Brian Simmons, Game 4, Kauffman Stadium, 9/26/1998

Craig Wilson, Game 6, Tiger Stadium, 9/14/1998

Brian McCall, Game 4, Yankee Stadium, 9/30/1962

Zeke Bonura, Game 2, Comiskey Park, 4/18/1934

Each of Jiménez’s first 11 career MLB hits were singles. Since then, three of his four hits have been of the extra-base variety, beginning with a double against the Rays on Wednesday and concluding with his pair of home runs in the Bronx. He concluded his series against the Yankees with his first career multi-walk game.

He entered the weekend series with a slash line of .279/.326/.302 and exits at .288/.351/.423.  He returns to Guaranteed Rate Field where he is 8-for-23 (.348). The Royals are starting righthander Heath Fillmyer, and Jiménez is off to a blistering 13-for-33 (.394) start against righties. Hopefully both trends continue.

 

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Reynaldo Lopez offers hope for improved second half with quality start in Oakland

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Reynaldo Lopez offers hope for improved second half with quality start in Oakland

Reynaldo Lopez had a first half to forget, but the White Sox pitcher had a strong first start in the second half.

Lopez struck out seven while giving up only an unearned run in six innings of work in Oakland. He settled for a no-decision after the bullpen couldn’t hold a 2-1 lead for him.

The right-hander entered the game with the highest ERA among qualified starters. Six innings later with no earned runs and Lopez has passed that title on to Toronto’s Aaron Sanchez.

Only one other time this season has Lopez had a start without allowing an earned run. That was April 28 against Detroit when Lopez struck out 14 batters in six innings.

He threw 62 of his 93 pitches for strikes and got 17 swinging strikes. The swinging strikes were below his season average whiff rate, which was 22.6 percent entering Sunday, but he threw far more strikes than his season average.

Lopez, 25, got fans excited with a decent 2018 season that featured a 3.91 ERA. However, his strikeout rate is up (8.05 K/9 in 2019 vs. 7.2 in 2018) and walk rate is down (3.46 BB/9 in 2019 vs. 3.58 in 2018) compared to last year. He’s just getting hit much harder this season.

It was just one start, but Lopez offered some hope for him being a different pitcher in the second half, as he said after his previous start on July 4.

Meanwhile, the White Sox lost 3-2 to complete a series sweep for the A’s. Eloy Jimenez hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh, but the A’s answered with a Ramon Laureano solo shot off Evan Marshall in the bottom half. Then, the A’s opened the ninth with a pair of blooped singles and won the game on a throwing error by Jose Rondon.

The White Sox were also swept in Oakland last year and have lost eight straight in Oakland Coliseum.

 

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White Sox activate Dylan Covey from IL, designate Juan Minaya for assignment

White Sox activate Dylan Covey from IL, designate Juan Minaya for assignment

The White Sox starting rotation received a boost on Saturday in the form of Dylan Covey.

Ahead of Saturday's game against the Athletics, the White Sox activated Covey from the 10-day injured list. In a corresponding move, the team designated reliever Juan Minaya for assignment.

Covey, who will start Saturday's game, landed on the injured list on June 9 with right shoulder inflammation. Although Covey holds a 4.58 ERA in nine games (seven starts) this season, he posted back-to-back solid outings before hitting the shelf. He allowed one earned run in six innings on May 31 against the Indians and two earned runs in five innings on June 5 against the Nationals.

The White Sox starting rotation has been a revolving door of sorts this season as Michael Kopech and Carlos Rodon recover from Tommy John surgery. Since Covey went down, the team has started Odrisamer Despaigne (June 10, 16 and 22), Manny Bañuelos (June 11 and 15), Carson Fulmer (June 25, though in a bullpen day) and most recently Ross Detwiler (June 28 and July 3). Dylan Cease has since made his major league debut, too, of course.

Detwiler has pitched admirably, allowing just two earned runs in each of his two outings. Whether he will continue to start or move to the bullpen is yet to be seen, though the fact that Minaya was DFA-ed rather than Detwiler says something.

Minaya holds a 3.90 ERA in 22 games/27 2/3 innings this season, though 10 of the 12 earned runs he's allowed this season came in June and July.

Following today's moves, the White Sox 40-man roster now stands at 39.

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