Chicago White Sox slugger Eloy Jimenez struck out strangely against the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday in the bottom of the second inning of their matchup.
Jiménez was down 0–2 in the count, and as Cardinals pitcher Steven Matz was ready to throw the next pitch, the White Sox designated hitter tried to call timeout. He turned to the plate umpire and called a timeout. But he was not granted one.
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Matz was in the process of throwing a pitch when Jimenez stepped out of the batter’s box. The curveball came and the umpire called strike three.
Jiménez turned to the referee as he walked back to the bench and suggested that he needed to focus on the court when Matz released the ball. Regardless, Jimenez was out. He finished the game 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.
St. Louis won the game in 10 innings, 4-3.
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Matz, who had been brought into relief after going 0-6 with a 5.72 ERA in his first 10 starts, started his first game since May 24. He went 5 1/3 innings, struck out nine and allowed one run in two. hits. The run was unearned and he lowered his ERA to 4.65.
«He pitched a little bit today,» Cardinals manager Oli Marmol said. «Today we [saw] he very convinced».
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Chicago’s Lucas Giolito struck out five in seven innings. He gave up a home run to Willson Contreras in the fourth, a two-run shot.
Associated Press contributed to this report.