CINCINNATI -- It took virtually no time at all for Scott Schebler to make an impact in the Reds' 5-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.Leading off the bottom of the first inning against the White Sox, Schebler hit a first-pitch home run over the right-field bullpen for a
CINCINNATI -- It took virtually no time at all for Scott Schebler to make an impact in the Reds' 5-3 win over the White Sox on Monday.
Leading off the bottom of the first inning against the White Sox, Schebler hit a first-pitch home run over the right-field bullpen for a 1-0 Cincinnati lead.
White Sox starter James Shields tried a 89-mph fastball to begin his night, but Schebler connected on it with an exit velo of 110.1 mph, per Statcast™. It was the seventh of Schebler's 11 homers for the season that he launched on the first pitch of an at-bat. That's tied for second-most in the Major Leagues with Chicago's Kyle Schwarber, behind Washington's Bryce Harper (8).
Schebler also has two leadoff homers for his career. His other came on Sept. 9, 2015, for the Dodgers against the Angels.
The Reds have hit two leadoff homers this season, with Jose Peraza having just done it on Thursday vs. the Brewers.
In 18 games batting leadoff this season, Schebler is batting .333 (26-for-78). He was 2-for-3 with a one-out double in the fifth inning. Since May 30, he's batting .343 (35-for-102) with six homers and 15 RBIs. That span has raised his overall batting average from .237 to .283 on the season.
Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.