Was a screaming White Sox fan the reason Tony La Russa pinch-ran for Eloy Jimenez in a key moment? Perhaps


(670 The Score) The White Sox earned one of their best wins of the season Monday at Guaranteed Rate Field, where they rallied back against the mighty Astros with a four-run eighth inning to pull out a 4-2 victory after looking lifeless offensively for most of the game.

The biggest hit of the night came from left fielder Eloy Jimenez, who delivered a two-out, two-run double to tie it at 2-2. Jimenez isn’t fleet of foot and is also one of the worst defensive players in baseball, which made it logical for him to be pulled in favor of a pinch-runner and better defender after his clutch hit.

That’s indeed what happened as Adam Engel entered the game for Jimenez, but why did it happen? Perhaps only because a White Sox fan just outside the dugout was yelling at the top of his lungs at manager Tony La Russa to pinch-run for Jimenez. La Russa made the substitution just a moment before the next at-bat began, which makes you wonder if the fan really was the difference-maker.

Engel ended up scoring on Yoan Moncada’s go-ahead two-run single as the White Sox pulled within two games of the Guardians in the AL Central race.

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