Soto hits 100th big league home run
Reaches milestone with solo shot in seventh inning
CHICAGO -- Lost in the shuffle of a second big Yankees' victory over the White Sox -- 12-3 on Sunday -- in three games was Geovany Soto's 100th career home run.
That particular towering drive came in the seventh off Chasen Shreve, landing in the left-field stands at U.S. Cellular Field two batters after Alexei Ramirez homered in the third game of the last five he has played. Soto's eight homers over 127 at-bats put him behind only Jose Abreu (18 in 385), Adam Eaton (nine in 387) and Adam LaRoche (nine in 330) on the 2015 White Sox roster.
"Yeah, I feel pretty good about that," said Soto, whose career-high homer total of 23 came in '08 with the Cubs. "Obviously, I would rather have a win, but keep working hard."
Soto and Tyler Flowers have combined for 15 homers and 46 RBIs, while doing a solid job of handling the White Sox pitching staff. According to Soto, that work with the pitchers is just as important if not more than any offensive production.
"I really take pride in calling games, knowing the hitters, trying to get in a good rhythm for the pitcher," Soto said. "I feel like it's a plus. I come here and work hard whenever I'm in there, trying to help the ballclub to win."
Sunday stood as the career milestone for Soto, but he had another home run of interest earlier in the week. On Tuesday in Boston, Soto cleared the Green Monster and his homer broke the windshield of a car parked outside the ballpark.
"I'm so sorry for that," said a smiling Soto. "My wife actually called me and said, 'Hey you broke a windshield.' I've never had that before."