Garcia looks to shake off his worst outing of the season as the AL Central-leading White Sox continue their four-game series with the Detroit Tigers at U.S. Cellular Field.
Garcia was pounded for a season-high eight runs and 11 hits in a season-low 4 1-3 innings in Sunday’s 9-2 loss to his former team, the Seattle Mariners. The outing was his first at Seattle’s Safeco Field since being traded to Chicago on June 27 last season.
“It was a nice day today, but not for me,” Garcia said. “They hit it all over the place. I don’t have any excuse.”
The 29-year-old right-hander went 0-3 with a 4.19 ERA in August, but was coming off a 1-0 loss at Minnesota in which he pitched eight innings. Garcia had lasted at least seven innings in his previous five starts and at least six in all but one of his 26 starts coming into Sunday’s.
Sunday’s start was Garcia’s shortest since he lasted 4 1-3 innings against Detroit on Aug. 17, 2004—also the last time he gave up eight runs. Manager Ozzie Guillen wanted to make sure that he wasn’t hurt after the rough outing.
“He told me he feels pretty good,” Guillen said. “I said, ‘Thank God. If you feel bad, I don’t know what we’re going to get.”’
The White Sox beat the Tigers 12-3 in Thursday’s series opener. A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs and Jermaine Dye and Carl Everett also homered for Chicago, which had 18 hits, including nine for extra bases.
The White Sox, who lead the Central by 7 1/2 games over second-place Cleveland, were coming off their first losing month at 12-16 and had dropped four of five and 12 of 18. Chicago, which averaged only 3.5 runs in August and scored just 12 in its previous five home games, had not scored in double figures since a 14-6 victory July 25 at Kansas City.
“The way we’ve been all year, I have a sense we can score 10 runs at any time,” Chicago’s Paul Konerko said. “You hope for the best and we know it’s in us.”
Except for a makeup game in Boston next week and a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels, Chicago’s remaining games are against other teams in the AL Central. The White Sox are 35-13 against their division rivals.
“I know some of them were good hitting, but I’d say there have been way too many pitches in the middle of the plate,” Tigers manager Alan Trammell said.