Jimenez has had bet­ter nights

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY DARYL VAN SCHOUWEN, STAFF RE­PORTER dvan­schouwen@sun­times.com @CST_­sox­van

White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez’s first mis­take on Chris­tian Yelich’s game-ty­ing in­side-the-park home run was be­ing tardy get­ting to what looked like an easy fly ball near the foul line. His next un­for­tu­nate gaffe was tum­bling over the side wall into the net­ting.

And with that, Yelich cir­cled the bases, spark­ing a four-run fifth in­ning that helped lift the Brewers to an 8-3 vic­tory over the lack­lus­ter Sox on Thurs­day night at Guar­an­teed Rate Field.

Left-han­der Gio Gon­za­lez should have had two outs and no­body on pro­tect­ing a 2-1 in­ning, but the in­ning un­rav­eled from that point with a walk, a homer by Jedd Gy­orko and an er­ror by first base­man Jose Abreu, who stayed flat-footed on a high throw from short­stop Leury Gar­cia.

Be­fore all that, it was Gar­cia’s night. He home­red against Brewers starter Josh Lind­blom — who struck out the first five hit­ters he faced — in the sec­ond in­ning to give the Sox a 2-1 lead. Gar­cia also made two con­sec­u­tive nice plays in the fourth, and his RBI dou­ble in the ninth pushed across the Sox’ third run.

Gon­za­lez (7.71 ERA) pitched

4 ⅓ in­nings, al­low­ing five runs (four earned), eight hits and three walks. He has yielded 10 earned runs and 20 hits in 11 ⅔ in­nings over three ap­pear­ances.

Steve Cishek (11.57 ERA) hit two bat­ters and walked two in a three-run Brewers eighth as the Sox (7-6) lost their sec­ond in a row.

“To­day was not one of our bet­ter games,” man­ager Rick Ren­te­ria said.

Del­monico to Schaum­burg, Madri­gal to in­jured list

Sec­ond base­man Nick Madri­gal of­fi­cially landed on the 10-day in­jured list and out­fielder Nicky Del­monico was op­tioned to the Sox’ Schaum­burg train­ing fa­cil­ity as ros­ters were re­duced from 30 play­ers to 28.

MLB’s orig­i­nal plan was to re­duce ros­ters to 26 in two weeks, but ros­ters will stay at 28 be­cause of health and safety is­sues re­lated to the pan­demic. Ad­di­tion­ally, taxi squads will be in­creased from three to five play­ers for the rest of the sea­son.

Del­monico was 3-for-15 in May. Madri­gal suf­fered a sep­a­rated left shoul­der on a slide Tues­day try­ing to ad­vance from first to third on Luis Robert’s sin­gle.

“It was kind of a dumb play over­all, but it was some­thing I’ve done 100 times in my life — just kind of the com­pet­i­tive­ness came out,” Madri­gal said. “I was just try­ing to get there.”

Madri­gal said the shoul­der felt bet­ter Thurs­day.

“We’re taking it day by day, but I’m hop­ing I’m back on the field the next cou­ple of weeks,” he said.

This and that

No­mar Mazara was hit by a pitch on his shin in the sev­enth in­ning and left the game. Ren­te­ria was hope­ful that Ed­win En­car­na­cion, out with in­flam­ma­tion around a joint his left shoul­der, would be avail­able this week­end. A starter hasn’t been named to fill Car­los Rodon’s spot in the ro­ta­tion Satur­day. A bullpen day is ex­pected against the Indians. The sched­uled Field of Dreams game be­tween the Car­di­nals and Sox on Thurs­day, Aug. 13, will move to Fri­day, Aug. 14, at Guar­an­teed Rate Field be­gin­ning at 7:10 p.m. Indians man­ager Terry Fran­cona, who has been side­lined by a gas­troin­ten­sti­nal prob­lem, will miss the week­end se­ries. Right-handed pitch­ing prospect An­drew Dahlquist was added to the Schaum­burg ros­ter.


Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez bun­gles the play on an in­side-the-park homer Thurs­day by the Brewers’ Chris­tian Yelich.

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