On Wednesday, in the torrential rain, the Chicago White Sox erupted in several races in several innings against American League Award winner Sai Young Robbie Ray.
Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson and Luis Robert committed solo home runs against the left in a 6-4 victory over 12,291 avid fans at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Jimenez’s Homer started the second inning of four rounds. Anderson and Robert hit back to Homers back in the seventh as the Sox won their fourth straight.
“We had little chance of doing our homework,” said Anderson, who scored 3 to 4 with three IRBs. “We had a plan. We coped with our plan and followed the plan throughout the game. We were able to make a few more runs and take a little lead. “
The Sox have already received their share of injuries this season, and Jimenez and second-tier user Josh Harrison left the game early on Wednesday.
Jimenez came out with pain in his left ankle. After further evaluation, Sox said the x-rays were negative and he has an ankle bruise every day.
Jimenez fouled on the ankles during the third half, which ended in a strikeout. He was on the left field in the next two innings before Leuri Garcia hit for him in the fifth.
Harrison, who made two good games in defense, walked away before eighth with stiff lower backs. Sox said he was being further evaluated.
“I’m sure (Jimenez) will be sick, so I doubt he will play (Thursday),” said manager Tony La Rousseau. “And in fact, as much as Josh played, he wasn’t there (Thursday). He felt a small bite there. He plays tough. He is also all over the field. “
La Rousse added with a smile, “They can turn me down this (Thursday) morning because I can be scared of the best of them. Player Manager. Probably better to use a list. The other guys want to play, why press it? ”
Jimenez was one of the most productive strikers in the Sox lineup, leading the team with seven WRCs.
“Just a really smart approach,” La Rousseau said. “He is preparing a lot for the game. He’s a smart guy and he works well with our punching coaches as well as being mentored by our veterans. If there is a person on the second base, he is trying to get a base kick, not a home run. “
Wednesday’s game began as a match between the two Sai Young winners.
Dallas Kochel, who won the 2015 award with the Houston Astros, allowed three runs with six strokes with five strikeouts and no walks in five innings in his first start to the season. He won his 100th career victory.
“It means more to me than I originally thought,” Kochel said of winning № 100. “You can never take anything for granted in this game, and I’m very grateful that it lasted so long.”
Ray, who won the Sai Young Award last year with the Toronto Blue Jays, allowed six runs of 10 strokes with four strikeouts and two moves in 6⅓ innings.
“The gods of the lake were a little kind to us: it rained on Robbie, and he splashed on me,” Kochel said. “I firmly believe that any day there are good pitches and a good kick, and it was very nice to see us still swinging the bat.
“We have one of the best lineups, if I’m healthy, I’ve ever seen. And at home we play well. Whether it’s raining or not, there’s a chance we’ll do a few runs. I was just trying to do my job and take us to the dugout as soon as possible. “
La Russa said Keichel’s exit was “a real stimulus for us”.
He noted a key game in the sixth when right-hander Adam Engel made a leap into the wall to rob Jesse Winker. Relief Kyle Creek raised both hands in the air in recognition of the game.
Creek, Jose Ruiz and Kendall Graveman held innings without points. The Marians scored an unearned streak in the ninth against closer Liam Hendrix, who got his second save.
Although several starters came out early, the Sox continued their winning streak.
“Our mantra that came out of the camp was that you have to be strong enough physically and mentally for six months,” La Rousseau said. “We have a lot of problems – everything is there, all 30 teams. Never give up, never give up.