In the wake of the miserable news this afternoon for both Chicago White Sox slugger Eloy Jiménez and the Sox that Jiménez will be out about five to six months — pretty much likely the whole season — the South Siders put up nine runs on 10 hits in a pretty lopsided 9-4 victory over the Cincinnati Reds.
All but two Sox hitters in this afternoon’s starting lineup reached base, including second baseman Nick Madrigal and right fielder Adam Eaton both going 2-for-3, contributing four of the teams 10 hits and with Eaton adding two RBIs, Madrigal two runs.
Eaton and Madrigal also stole two of the four bags the White Sox pilfered this afternoon. With Tony La Russa at the helm, the White Sox can and will manufacture runs even though they are a team that can hit the long ball.
Sure Eaton and Madrigal were only two of three likely Opening Day starters this afternoon, but with Opening Day exactly a week from today the Sox are just trying to stay healthy before the regular season starts.
Rookie Andrew Vaughn, who was likely to be the Opening Day designated hitter, now not only faces the pressure to produce in the absence of Jiménez, but do it in Eloy’s left field position, as Vaughn becomes the most likely in-house option at the moment.
In the meantime, with their performance this afternoon, the White Sox gave fans for just a brief moment something to smile about to get their minds off the Jiménez news.
Dylan Cease went five innings, allowing just a run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. The No. 4 starter looked really solid in getting the victory, showing his great promise. If Cease stays even halfway as consistent as he has been this spring for the team, he will give the White Sox easily one of the best rotations in all of baseball.
The White Sox have three Cactus League games left, and next up is a game at Milwaukee tomorrow at 3:10 p.m. CT — Vaughn’s professional debut in left field.
Who was the White Sox MVP of today’s 9-4 win over the Reds?
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Dylan Cease: 5 IP, 3 H, ER, 4 BB, 6 K, W
Zack Collins: 2-for-4, 2 R, 2 2-out RBI, HR, 2 LOB
Adam Eaton: 2-for-3, 2 2-out RBI, K, 2B, SB
Leury García: 2-for-4, 3 2-out RBI, K, LOB
Billy Hamilton: 1-for-3, 2 R, BB, K, 3 LOB, SB
Nick Madrigal: 2-for-3, 2 R, K, SB
Who was the White Sox Game Goat in today’s 9-4 win over the Reds?
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Michael Kopech: IP, 2 H, 2 ER, K, HR
Yermín Mercedes: 0-for-5, K, 3 LOB
Nik Turley: IP, H, ER, 2 BB