Eloy Jimenez Shines In 'Amazing' Wrigley Field Debut

Jimenez hit a two-run homer to lift the White Sox to a 3-1 win against the Cubs.

Bruce Levine
June 18, 2019 - 11:33 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- White Sox rookie outfielder Eloy Jimenez made the most of his break Tuesday night -- in this case, literally.

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Jimenez hit a tiebreaking broken-bat two-run homer in the top of the ninth inning to lift the White Sox to to a 3-1 win against the Cubs at Wrigley Field in his first game against his former organization. Jimenez's blast came on a cutter in from Cubs reliever Pedro Strop and landed in the left-field bleachers.

"It was an amazing moment," Jimenez said. "I was just trying to hit a line drive up the middle. When I hit it over the fence, it was amazing."

Jimenez and touted pitching prospect Dylan Cease were traded from the Cubs to the White Sox in exchange for left-hander Jose Quintana in July 2017. Tuesday marked Jimenez's first game against the Cubs and his first as a big leaguer at Wrigley Field.

"Everything went through my mind," Jimenez said of his winning homer. "It was a really good moment, but I can't explain it all right now.

"Yes, this was a dream come true. When I was signed, I said, 'I can't wait to hit one at Wrigley as a Cub.' Now that I am with the White Sox, it feels really good."

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The 22-year-old Jimenez has been hot lately, with five homers and 11 RBIs in his past eight games. The White Sox improved to 35-36 with the win ahead of the series finale Wednesday, when they'll trot ace Lucas Giolito out against Cubs left-hander Jon Lester.

"This means a lot, because we are fighting for a spot in the playoffs," Jimenez said. "We have been playing really good. That was a good victory for us."

The busted bat that Jimenez used to hit the homer was sitting next to his locker and taped up around the broken handle after the game. It was a keepsake and a reminder that urban legends begin with these type of heroics in big moments.

"He has done some big things for us in a short period of time," manager Rick Renteria said. "Lately, he has been putting together much better at-bats. He is so young and just scratching the surface of what he can do. We hope he continues to become the guy we can rely on in big moments."

Bruce Levine covers the Cubs and White Sox for 670 The Score. Follow him on Twitter @MLBBruceLevine​.