Chicago White Sox: Yoan Moncada comes back with a bang

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The Chicago White Sox got an impressive win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night, and their star player came back from injury and made an impact.

The Chicago White Sox played one of their best overall games on Thursday night when they welcomed in the Texas Rangers for game one of a four-game set. They defeated them 6-1 after playing a really solid game all around. They got a very solid starting pitching performance out of Ross Detwiler as he only gave up one run in six innings. He only gave up three hits and had eight strikeouts with no walks.

Yoan Moncada came back from injury and had a really good game to help the White Sox win. He went 2-4, including a two-run home run in the third inning. Moncada might be the player on the White Sox with the highest ceiling and he is showing exactly what he can do when he is healthy. It was his 21st home run of the season. He joined Eloy Jimenez as players under 24 years old to have 20+ home runs in the same year. They joined the duos of Paul Konerko and Carlos Lee in 2000, and Frank Thomas and Robin Ventura in 1991 as the only duos in White Sox history to accomplish that feat.

It has been a true revelation for Moncada, who struggled mightily last year. He went from leading Major League Baseball in strikeouts to hovering around a .300 batting average. He was an All-Star snub but that shouldn’t be much of a worry because he is sure to be an All-Star Game participant for many years ahead.

Right after Moncada hit his home run, James McCann made it back to back. That gave the White Sox a 4-0 lead that they would eventually build on and maintain to get the win. It is always exciting when your best players are your best players and that happened again tonight. It is good to have Moncada back there in the four spot of the starting lineup, and now that Eloy is day-to-day we just have to wait for him to be back.

The White Sox and the Rangers are back at it at 7:10 local time as Dylan Cease will take the ball for the Sox against Lance Lynn of the Rangers. It should be a really fun pitching matchup and both teams are going to need to bring their best in order to win. Nights like that where the right players are the direct reason for a victory are the best nights as supporters of the rebuild.

Southside Showdown

Staff writer for the Chicago Morning Star

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