At one time, Eloy Jimenez was a blue-chip prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization. (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)
At one time, Eloy Jimenez was a blue-chip prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization. (Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports)

WATCH: Former Cubs prospect Eloy Jimenez makes Cubs pay with go-ahead homer


by - Senior Writer -

CHICAGO — Formerly a top prospect in the Chicago Cubs organization, Chicago White Sox left fielder Eloy Jimenez took on the Cubs for the first time in his big-league career on Tuesday and came up with a crucial hit at Wrigley Field. Jimenez was originally traded to the White Sox two years ago in return for starting pitcher Jose Quintana, and he showed the Cubs what they missed out on in his first appearance against them.

Hammering a go-ahead 2-run homer that not only broke his bat but also broke a 1-1 tie in the top of the ninth, Jimenez powered out a 397-foot shot to left-center that put the White Sox ahead 3-1. Coming on a fastball thrown by Cubs reliever Pedro Strop, the broken-bat dinger plated White Sox catcher James McCann, who led off the inning with a single. Jimenez was fired up when he got back to the dugout, clearly thrilled to have hit a clutch home run against the team that once shipped him off.

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