Chicago White Sox third baseman Jake Burger hit a home run on probably the slowest pitch (67-mph slider) during a 3-1 victory over Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Guaranteed Rate Field. This brilliance against the crafty veteran southpaw Rich Hill turned a 1-0 deficit in the fifth inning into a 3-1 lead and helped move the White Sox back above .500 at 22-21.
“I don’t know how I hit it so hard, either. It is what it is. It felt good, for sure,” Burger said, as quoted by MLB.com. “I’m fortunate to have guys like [Yasmani] Grandal, [AJ] Pollock that have played with him and against him a ton. Kind of giving me an approach in that way. It’s good having those guys in the clubhouse telling you how he’s going to attack you and come after you,” he added.
“Want to play baseball no matter where I’m at” feels Jake Burger
This HR also marked the Missouri native Burger’s first home run since April 27 against the Kansas City Royals. Notably, all three of his homers this Major League Baseball (MLB) season have come at home.
Moreover, it was his first career go-ahead homer and his first with runners on base as well as the first with a two-strike count. This performance drastically increased his teams’ numbers at IL Online Sportsbooks as well. At IL Online Sportsbooks you can find the best offers, on any given day you want and can bet on the one you like the most. You can find great deals and the top sportsbooks included with the in-person registration order lifted at the moment.
“From the aspect of moving your stuff around, and never really having a home base, that’s really the tough side,” Burger said. “But I want to play baseball and I want to compete, no matter where I’m at. It’s kind of how I take it,” he added.
However, Burger feels like he is savoring the opportunity to be able to play baseball after losing some seasons in recent years due to major injuries, including tearing the same Achilles tendon twice.
“I hate referencing back to the three years I missed, but I was sitting on the couch for two and a half of those years. I’m going to put my best foot forward no matter where I’m at. I’m going to take every day as a blessing,” he further added.
He also stated that his moment was “reactionary” and complimented Rich of throwing better. However, he feels he was fortunate as he got one over the plate.
“It was definitely reactionary. Rich was throwing well all night. The pitch before that was very similar, and I swung over it. Fortunately, he came back with it, and I got one over the plate that was a little higher than the one previous,” he concluded.