Lenyn Sosa anticipated a fastball.
However when Kansas Metropolis Royals starter Jonathan Heasley threw him a curveball on a 1-1 pitch within the third inning Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium, Sosa shortly reacted.
The end result: a 428-foot house run, the primary of his major-league profession.
The Chicago White Sox recalled the infielder from Triple-A Charlotte on Sunday, and he had two hits throughout his first motion since returning in Sport 2 of Tuesday’s doubleheader, serving to the Sox to a 3-2 victory.
“For the reason that second they advised me I used to be coming right here, I used to be actually targeted on doing all the things in my energy to assist this crew,” Sosa mentioned via an interpreter after the sport. “(Tuesday) was a kind of days. That’s what I’m planning on doing — attempt to assist this crew as a lot as I can.”
The Sox will want the contributions as they attempt to navigate the following few weeks with out shortstop Tim Anderson. The 2-time All-Star went on the 10-day injured record Tuesday with a sagittal band tear on the center finger of his left hand. He’ll bear surgical procedure Thursday and is anticipated to overlook about six weeks.
Sosa performed second base Tuesday and began at shortstop Wednesday in opposition to the Royals. He additionally has expertise within the minors at third base.
“Between these three positions, my favourite is shortstop,” Sosa mentioned. “I’m going to do my finest at no matter place they ask me to play.”
Sosa’s homer went to left-center, his single within the fifth went to heart and he lined out to proper within the seventh. Sox supervisor Tony La Russa mentioned the sport served for example of what made Sosa so profitable within the minors.
“The studies we have been getting when he was enjoying within the minor leagues, that’s how he was hitting .300, utilizing all fields,” La Russa mentioned. “Very spectacular. Anyone that hits a house run and will get a success and injects power in our membership, as a result of we’re in search of runs, the truth that he will get known as up in a troublesome state of affairs and produces, that’s extra spectacular.
“Anyone who does one thing like he did goes to assist our membership. Can’t give him sufficient credit score. However that’s precisely how he was described from all the blokes who’ve been watching him.”
Sosa mixed to hit .316/.367/.512 (110-348) with 16 doubles, two triples, 16 house runs, 58 RBIs and 57 runs in 85 video games this season with Double-A Birmingham and Charlotte. He appeared in 4 video games with the Sox from June 23-27, going 1-for-12 with a double and two runs.
“For my first expertise (within the majors) I discovered that it’s important to be affected person right here and I discovered to execute,” Sosa mentioned. “You may’t let errors occur. “ou need to be able to make the most of each single mistake. You may’t let these pitches within the center simply land there. It’s a must to do some harm.”
After enjoying second in every of his appearances throughout his first stint with the Sox, Sosa made his first big-league begin at shortstop Wednesday. Leury García, who’s slashing .211/.237/.274 in 79 video games, began at quick in each video games of Tuesday’s doubleheader. La Russa talked about Garcia has been coping with hip and again soreness.
“We’re going to look at it intently,” La Russa mentioned earlier than Wednesday’s recreation. “He was getting remedy (Wednesday). I’m pondering he can play (Thursday) afternoon, but when he’s sore, gained’t play him. However which means possibly (third baseman Yoán) Moncada has to play 4 (video games).
“So that you do stuff (with the lineup) in pencil and simply have to look at. However the level is nicely taken as a result of we’re on this lengthy string of video games and it’s important to determine the place a man like Leury goes to have a day (off).”
Since 2020, the Sox are 145-106 when Anderson is within the beginning lineup and 39-42 when he isn’t. And he usually has set the tone on the high of the order.
Outfielder AJ Pollock led off for the Sox whereas Anderson served a two-game suspension and remained there for the second recreation of the doubleheader. He fouled a ball off his foot Tuesday and acquired a breather Wednesday. La Russa inserted second baseman Josh Harrison into the leadoff spot Wednesday.
Pollock is hitting .381/.418/.556 with two homers and 9 RBIs in 14 video games because the leadoff batter this season.
“Pollock has been good (and) when he’s not there, Josh has acquired expertise and that’s one of many issues,” La Russa mentioned when discussing leadoff choices. “(You) look what different guys can deliver. As a lot potential as (Luis) Robert and (Eloy) Jiménez have (within the No. 2 and three spots), you actually need to have any individual that’s a risk. As a result of (the opposite crew is) going to see Robert on deck and say, ‘Whoa, watch out,’ and it really works to your benefit.”
Sosa led off in certainly one of his 5 begins, June 25 in opposition to the Baltimore Orioles. He has been within the No. 9 spot the remainder of the time.
“He’s not deer within the headlights,” La Russa mentioned. “He’s had sufficient success this 12 months, so it’s a very good time to get a shot. And the higher he does the extra he performs. There’s a possibility right here.”