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Tale of the Tape: White Sox 13, Astros 9

by Joe Binder

In one of the most exciting games all season, the White Sox offense carried the team to a dramatic 13-9 victory to close out the homestand. Eloy Jimenez hit a moonshot to center and James McCann hit the game-winning grand slam in the eighth inning to lead the South Siders to a season series win over Houston.

W: Alex Colome (4-2) | L: Ryan Pressly (2-3)

The Good

  • Tim Anderson (SS): 4-5, 2 2B, RBI, run
  • James McCann (C): 2-5, HR (13) – Grand Slam, 4 RBI, 2 runs
  • Eloy Jimenez (LF): 2-5, HR (20), RBI, 3 runs

The Bad

  • Ryan Goins (3B): 0-4, 3 K, 3 LOB – Only player in the starting lineup to not get a hit.
  • Ross Detwiler (SP): 4.2 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 1 HR

Moment of the Game

There’s something about grand slams against the Astros. They just feel different, and I think we all know why. On an 0-2 count in the 8th inning, James McCann delivered with an opposite field slam to put the Sox ahead by four. In what has been a remarkable season for the All-Star, this might be his most memorable highlight.

Stats On 35th – Let’s Break this One Down by the Numbers

Today’s Numbers:

32.4, 20, 13, 3, 571


James McCann is today’s White Sox MVP in terms of Win Probability Added (WPA) with 32.4 percentage points this afternoon. Hit a grand slam in the bottom of the eighth in a tied ballgame and that’s what happens.


Eloy Jimenez became the 11th White Sox rookie to hit 20 home runs in a season with an absolute moonshot to centerfield. We’re talking Jim Thome power once again, as this ball was measured at 434 feet. Also, while we’re on the number 20, that’s how many doubles Tim Anderson has this season after hitting a pair this afternoon.


The 13 runs scored today marks a season-high for the White Sox. Minus Ryan Goins, every player in the starting lineup helped contribute with at least one hit.


The White Sox have won three season series in the last five seasons vs. Houston. They have also won four of the last five games against the Astros.


In the month of August, the White Sox now own a record of 8-6. That gives the team a .571 winning percentage ahead of their upcoming road trip.

Looking Ahead: West Coast bound to take on the Angels

  • Thursday: Reynaldo Lopez (7-9, 5.16 ERA) vs. Andrew Heany (1-3, 4.89 ERA), 9:07 PM CT – Angel Stadium
  • Friday: Lucas Giolito (12-6, 3.42 ERA) vs. Patrick Sandoval (0-0, 5.59 ERA), 9:07 PM CT – Angel Stadium
  • Saturday: TBD vs. Jose Suarez (2-4, 6.57 ERA), 8:07 PM CT – Angel Stadium
  • Sunday: TBD vs. Griffin Canning (4-6, 4.86 ERA), 3:07 PM CT – Angel Stadium

Player of the Game

Vote for the player of today’s series finale! As always, let us know in the comments if you think it should be someone else.

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