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White Sox: Jimenez, Moncada Go Deep in 5-1 Win Over Dodgers

Today, Eloy Jimenez met the media and had a big day at the plate in a 5-1 win over the Dodgers. Sean has more on the game here.

It was a big day for the White Sox and Eloy Jimenez as the clubs top prospect met the media after signing a six-year, $43M contract extension and found himself back in the lineup as he gets ready for Opening Day. Eloy had a very productive day at the plate and helped boost the White Sox to a 5-1 victory over the Dodgers.

Prior to the deal, Eloy was struggling this spring and he seemed completely out of rhythm. We would later find out that the White Sox were discussing this deal with him for a while and he began trying to “do too much” at the plate during Spring Training. He wanted to show the White Sox why he deserved to break camp with the Major League club and it backfired on his performance. Luckily for Eloy, despite the struggles, the White Sox were still very confident in his future and they decided to get the extension done.

Today, Eloy Jimenez was back in the lineup and he felt significantly less pressure to perform. As a result, Eloy had a great day at the plate. He drew a walk in his first at-bat after battling back from being down 1-2 and this was encouraging after seeing him strikeout quickly in many at-bats this spring. He would go 3-3 at the plate today with two singles, a walk, and an opposite field solo home run. It’s amazing how much of a difference it makes when he doesn’t have his mind all over the place during games and when he can just be himself.

Joining Jimenez with a monster day at the plate was Yoan Moncada who also collected three hits with two doubles and a home run. Yoan has been on fire throughout all of Spring Training and today was no different story with him. He continues to be aggressive at the plate and it continues to pay off for him. He truly looks ready to take that next step this year and I expect him to finally show why he deserved the label of baseball’s top overall prospect not too long ago.

The White Sox also had a great day on the mound this afternoon. Manny Banuelos got the start and things looked shaky at first after he gave up a lead-off home run in the bottom of the first inning. However, Banuelos would settle down and cruise through the rest of his day as he didn’t allow a hit to the next 12 batters he faced. He also flashed the leather by snagging a chopper over his head and firing to first-base for the out in the second inning.

Manny Banuelos has been fighting for a rotation spot all spring, but with the signing of Ervin Santana, there’s a very good chance Banuelos will find himself in the bullpen this year. Manny Banuelos put together a pretty impressive Spring Training and at the least, he seems comfortable on the mound again and has the potential to be an effective arm out of the pen for the White Sox.

Final line: 5.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K. 

After Banuelos exited, the combination of Dylan CoveyRyan BurrCaleb Frare, and Jose Ruiz shut the Dodgers down and helped secure the win for the White Sox. The four of them tossed a combined four shutout innings, only allowing one hit and no walks in what was a pitching domination by the White Sox from start to finish.

On Deck

The White Sox will host the Cleveland Indians at Camelback Ranch on Sunday, March 24 for what will be the final Cactus League game. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 CT with Zach Thompson getting the starting nod.

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Feature photo credit: Sean Williams/The Loop Sports


Phoenix, AZ resident that was born and raised in Westmont, IL. I’ve always been passionate about sports, whether that’s participating in them or watching them. White Sox, Bears, Bulls, and Blackhawks fan. #TrustTheProspects

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