NEW YORK – It took a while, but Eloy Jiménez's first home runs were without a doubt the explosions that were well worth waiting for.
In the historical setting that is Yankee Stadium, none other than the White Sox rookie rookie had his first when they lined up a 2-1 fastball from right-hander Jonathan Holder on the center field wall, the ball traveled 425 feet to break a 5-5 draw in the fifth inning of a 9-6 White Sox victory shortened by rain on Friday. Two innings later, Jimenez went even deeper to left center, throwing a 446-foot drive into another fastball, right-hander Chad Green.
Jiménez, who also hit a single in the first inning against left-hander J.A. Happ, had 13 hits, 12 of them singles, before finally deepening in its 12º game of Big Leagues.
"It feels good to take the first one out of the way," Jiménez said. "Many to come."
Jose Rondon # 20 of the White Sox celebrates with Eloy Jimenez after Jimenez hit a home run during the fifth inning of the game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on Thursday. Jimenez hit a home run again in the seventh inning. False images)
Jiménez became the first visiting player to hit his first two homers at Yankee Stadium since Manny Ramírez, who did it at the old baseball stadium in 1993.
"I was not thinking about anything like that," Jiménez said. "I was thinking:" Win the game. "We did it."
And they needed it badly, the victory broke an unpleasant slide of five games for the Sox (4-8). With his kind of special power, it seemed only a matter of time before Jiménez showed him.
"We've been waiting for that," said White Sox starter Lucas Giolito. "He has a ridiculous power."
In the Red Sox's previous game on Wednesday at the Guaranteed Speed Field, Jiménez finally got his first extra-base hit, a double against left-handers Jalen Beeks.
Both home run balls were easily recovered by the Yankees' staff because none of them landed among the fans in the seats.
"I'm going to put them in my room and look at them every day," Jiménez said, smiling.
Giolito (2-1) had his second consecutive unstable start, putting the team in a 4-1 hole after two innings. But Yonder Alonso's two-run homer against Happ in the fifth race of four runs tied, and two batters later, Jiménez broke the tie.
After Jiménez's second blast, James McCann hit a home run to put the Sox ahead 9-6. It was then that the referees suspended the game due to the rain that fell during most of the game. After a delay of 49 minutes, the game was summoned and officialized.
"Those were the worst conditions I've thrown," Giolito said. "It's been a dream to throw at Yankee Stadium since I was a kid, I did not imagine it under a torrential rain, but the offense exploded and lifted me up, a great team victory."
Giolito allowed six runs, two not won due to Tim Anderson's third error, six hits and four walks. He gave a home run to Brett Gardner in the fourth and allowed a walk and a single to open the sixth, ending his night. His 6.19 ERA is remarkably close to his 6.13 mark in 32 starts in 2018.
But it was Jiménez to the rescue. With such high expectations, this advance should help you relax and begin to settle.
"Believe me, I know how it is," said Yoan Moncada, who was at the base for the first homer. "I know what is happening after having pbaded it last year, that's why I'm so happy for him."
"He's very talented," manager Rick Renteria said. "It was a very nice game for him, it's good to see him, with time, good days and bad days, today was a good day." V