Over the weekend, the White Sox offense struggled to score a mere three runs against the A’s; a number that Hall of Famer Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown could count on one hand (okay, maybe not; he really had more like four and a half fingers). So hosting the powerhouse Astros, who scored a combined 33 runs in their weekend series against the Orioles, it looked grim.
Well… the White Sox emerge with a series victory against the Astros, whom many consider favorites to win the World Series. And they scored 19 runs over the three-game set! There are many reasons to feel good as the Sox head west to face the Halos this weekend. Let’s dig in.
Eloy Jiménez hit his 20th home run of the season in the 7th inning. In doing so, he became the youngest player in White Sox history (119 years of history) to hit 20 home runs in a season.
Here’s the four youngest, sorted by date of 20th home run of season
Eloy Jiménez 2019 22 years, 260 days
Frank Thomas 1991 23 years, 65 days
Paul Konerko 1999 23 years, 169 days
Harold Baines 1982 23 years, 171 days
No need to write one of my “Remember That Guy” columns on any of these guys.
Jiménez also added his 10th double of the season.
Fun fact (to me, they’re all fun): Jiménez hit his 10th double and 20th HR in the same game. Yoán Moncada hit his 20th double and 20th HR in the same game (July 27). Round numbers!
James McCann hit a go-ahead grand slam in the 8th inning. It was the fifth White Sox grand slam of the season… and the second by a White Sox catcher.
Adding Welington Castillo’s 4-run 4-bagger on June 11, it’s the first time the White Sox had multiple grand slams by catchers in the same season since Ed Herrmann hit a pair in 1970 (Sherm Lollar also hit two in 1958).
And the first time EVER two White Sox catchers each hit a slam in the same season.
The White Sox have two grand slams this month. They had two grand slams combined in 2017-18.
And with all the McGrand or McSlam headlines I’ve seen after he hit it, I will point out that it’s the seventh “McSlam” in White Sox history. Here’s the list:
James McCann Today
Tommy McCraw May 7, 1968
Tommy McCraw June 16, 1966
Tommy McCraw June 28, 1965
Jerry McNertney June 30, 1964
Harry McCurdy June 20, 1928
Herm McFarland May 1, 1901 (the first grand slam in White Sox history!)
Tim Anderson continues to be Awesome in August.
Alliteration Aside, his 4 for 5 performance gives him four 4-hit games this season. Most by a White Sox shortstop in a season since Alexei Ramírez had 4 in 2013.
Anderson is now hitting .393 in August DESPITE going 0 for 8 in Tuesday’s doubleheader. AND his .393 (so far) is even better than the .381 he posted in April (.375 if you include the three games in March) … a Month for which he collected American League Player of the Month honors!
So Away to Anaheim to face the Angels where Anderson, Abreu & all can continue being Awesome in August!