Eloy Jimenez couldn’t whittle down his favorite part of a weekend in New York to just one moment.
“Pretty much everything,” Jimenez said Monday. “I enjoyed playing there, especially because my family was there and a lot of friends came to the ballpark to watch me.”
Jimenez hit the first home run of his career in the fifth inning Friday against the Yankees. He added a second homer in the seventh as the Sox won 9-6 in a game shortened because of rain.
“It was amazing,” Jimenez said of the first trip around the bases. “Especially at Yankee Stadium. It was a moment I’m never going to forget.”
Sunday, he walked twice and scored a run in a 5-2 victory. The White Sox won two of three against the Yankees for their first series victory of the season.
“That was important, too, to me,” Jimenez said of the wins. “Especially because we were in a slump as a team and now we are getting better. That makes me happy.”
The Sox returned home Monday to begin a three-game series with the Royals.
They hope Jimenez continues to show the plate discipline he displayed against the Yankees.
“He’s having much better at-bats,” White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. “His approaches are much better. He’s laying off of some very tough pitches down in the zone. His chase rate is minimizing at this point, which is a really good indication of his approach.”
Jimenez entered Monday with a .288 batting average, two home runs and six RBIs. He had a .351 on-base percentage, a .423 slugging percentage and a .774 OPS (on-base percentage plus slugging percentage). He has six multi-hit games.
“He’s trying not too do too much,” Renteria said. “All those things combined with the work he’s doing, and all the conversations he’s having with everybody (in the clubhouse) are continuing to help him.
“But let’s not forget the great talent that he has within him and the innate ability that will give him the ability to be a really good hitter at the major-league level.”
Jimenez demonstrated that talent on Friday.
The first home run, an estimated 425-foot blast to center, came on a 2-1 fastball against Yankees reliever Jonathan Holder. The second homer came on a 1-1 fastball against Chad Green. It went an estimated 446 feet.
“It was really good,” Jimenez said of the second home run.
Jimenez was hitting .333 (8-for-24) with a .407 on-base percentage in his last seven games entering Monday.
“I feel better now,” Jimenez said. “Just getting more comfortable at the plate. I’m seeing the breaking pitches better. It’s good. The pitches I was swinging (at earlier), now I’m taking. That means I’ve been working on that.”
Jimenez continues to learn every day.
“I know good results are going to come,” Jimenez said.