Yesterday, the White Sox lost because of poor defensive plays such as Avisail Garcia dropped fly ball that tied the game.
Today, the White Sox won in large part because of Avisail Garcia's bat.
Garcia's three-hit day included a clutch two-run home run in the sixth inning, helping give the Sox a 6-2 victory over the Twins, who suffered their first loss of 2017.
The scoring started in the first inning when Tyler Saladino leads off with a double. Tim Anderson and Melky Cabrera hit ground balls to the right side of the infield which helped manufacture their first run. In the second, Todd Frazier drew the dreaded lead-off walk and was able to score on Garcia's triple to deep right field.
Then weirdness ensued in the next at bat. With Geovany Soto at the plate, it appeared that a safety squeeze play was on. Soto missed the bunt and Twins catcher Jason Castro caught Garcia in a rundown. Miguel Sano from third base tried to run down Garcia to make a tag but instead flipped the ball to Castro at the last second. Castro missed the weak toss, and Garcia scored on a play that he was dead to rights on.
Leading 3-0 into the sixth inning, Castro made it a one-run game with a two-run dinger off Sox starter, Miguel Gonzalez. Minnesota had a golden opportunity earlier in the game to manufacture runs, but Gonzalez was able to escape a bases-loaded jam in the first inning, and leave runners in scoring position in the second, fourth, and fifth innings.
Now with only a one-run lead, Todd Frazier started the rally with a single. Then on a 1-1 pitch, Garcia took an inside fastball to straightaway center.
Keeping the firework crew busy, Geovany Soto hit the very next pitch into the left-field bleachers for his third homer of the season, tied for the league lead.
- After yesterday's poor defensive play, it was nice to see Tim Anderson make a terrific grab and avoiding colliding with Jacob May.
3 HR through team's first 4 games of season#WhiteSox history— Christopher Kamka (@ckamka) April 8, 2017
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