CHICAGO – On Monday, after being reminded his first eight major league home runs were hit on the road, Eloy Jiménez was asked when he was going to finally clear the fences at Guaranteed Rate Field.
“I’m not going to talk about that,” the White Sox’s rookie left fielder said with a wide smile.
“One day, it’s going to come.”
Turning the page to Tuesday, Jiménez’s home homer drought came to a memorable end.
Leading off the fourth inning against Nationals starter Patrick Corbin, Jiménez hit a mammoth 462-foot home run to center field that landed on the stairs leading up to the Fan Deck.
Coupled with catcher Welington Castillo’s grand slam in the first inning, the Sox slugged their way to a 7-5 interleague win over Washington at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Jiménez followed the milestone home run with a double. As he continues to settle in and get used to big-league pitching, Jiménez has the potential to do some big damage no matter where he’s playing.
“I think he’s still working on getting into his own stride and is learning,” manager Rick Renteria said. “He’s not up or down when you watch him; he’s a very even-keeled young man. I think he understands the process and what it’s taking for him to kind of make adjustments.
“At the end of the day, when it’s all said and done, I think this is going to be a really, really good major league hitter.”
Manny Banuelos started for the Sox and barely made it out of the first inning.
The 28-year-old lefty had a full count against the first five Nationals hitters he faced and was lucky to escape allowing only two runs.
Banuelos settled down and pitched 42/3 innings, giving up the two runs on five hits and three walks.
Moncada sits out: After leaving Monday night’s game against Washington in the seventh inning with a back strain, third baseman Yoan Moncada did not play Tuesday.
“He’s doing better today,” Renteria said. “Has a mid-lat/back strain. We’ll continue to monitor him. We have a day off tomorrow, and we’ll reevaluate him on Thursday, see how he’s doing.”