White Sox rookie Eloy Jimenez hits first, second major league homers

NEW YORK — It took a while, but Eloy Jimenez made sure his first major league homers were no-doubt-about it blasts.

The White Sox’ prized rookie lined a 2-1 fastball from Yankees right-hander Jonathan Holder over the center field wall at Yankee Stadium, the ball traveling 425 feet and breaking a 5-all tie in the fifth inning Friday. Two innings later, Jimenez went deep to left center, launching a 446-foot drive off a 1-1 fastball from Chad Green.

Jimenez, who singled in the first inning against lefty J.A. Happ, had 13 hits — 12 of them singles — before finally going deep in his 12th game as a major leaguer. With Yoan Moncada on base, Jimenez gave the Sox a 7-5 lead. With his second, he gave them a 9-6 lead and raised his batting average to .319.

In the Sox’ previous game Wednesday against the Rays at Guaranteed Rate Field, Jimenez finally got his first extra-base hit, a double against lefty Jalen Beeks.

“It’s good to have the first extra-base hit,” he said after the game, “and I know more are going to come.”

The Sox signed Jimenez to a six-year, $46 million contract before the season.

Jimenez raised a fist as he rounded first after the first homer. The Sox gave him the silent treatment in the visitors dugout, standard practice for first career homers, before mobbing him with congratulations.

The Sox, who trailed 4-1 after two innings, scored four runs in the fifth to take a 7-5 lead. Yonder Alonso’s two-run homer off Happ tied it, and two batters later, Jimenez broke the tie.

After Jimenez homered, Holder struck out James McCann, Jose Rondon and Adam Engel in order.

After Jimenez’ second homer, catcher James McCann punched an opposite field homer to right field to put the Sox in front 9-6. That’s when the umpires suspended play due to rain.

 

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