CHICAGO -- It wasn't an easy decision for the Detroit Tigers to
trade Avisail Garcia, let alone deal him within their own division in
a three-team swap with the Chicago White Sox and Boston Red Sox.
Garcia showed why on Tuesday night in Chicago's 4-3 victory in 11
innings against his former team at U.S. Cellular Field. The
highly-ranked former Tigers' prospect was responsible for the White
Sox's first three runs on a triple in the fourth and scored the
game-winning run after drawing a lead-off walk in the 11th against
The 6-foot-4, 240-pound Garcia, who finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs,
showed off his impressive speed on both the triple and while advancing
from first to second on Jeff Keppinger's sacrifice bunt attempt in the
11th - beating Bonderman's throw to second with no outs. He scored on
Alejandro De Aza's single to right to end it, which gave Addison Reed
(8-3) the win and the White Sox (46-72) the three-game series clincher
with a chance to sweep on Wednesday afternoon.
It wasn't the sharpest outing for Tigers starter Max Scherzer, who
lasted only six innings and threw just 63 of his 105 pitches for
strikes. He walked three, hit Gordon Beckham to start Chicago's
three-run fourth and allowed all three of those runs (two earned) on
the triple by Garcia - which ended with him trotting home from third
on an overthrow to give the Sox a 3-1 lead.
Hector Santiago started for the Sox and allowed two runs (one
earned) on six hits through five-plus innings before giving way to the
bullpen with no outs in the sixth. Detroit, which has lost three
straight and four of its last five, cut Chicago's lead to 3-2 that
inning by scratching out an unearned run sparked by the first Alexei
Ramirez's three errors.
The Tigers (69-49) added another unearned run in the eighth off
reliever Nate Jones - again sparked by a Ramirez error that allowed
pinch runner Don Kelly to advance to third, where he scored on Brayan
Pena's single to tie it at 3.
The White Sox got the winning run to second base in the bottom of
the ninth with one out against Bruce Rondon, but the hard-throwing
Tigers' reliever got out of it by striking out Conor Gillaspie and
getting De Aza to ground sharply to first. Detroit advanced runners
into scoring position in both the 10th and 11th against Reed, but
couldn't drive in a run.
The Tigers got off to an early lead for the second game in a row
when Omar Infante's second-inning single scored Fielder from third for
a 1-0 lead. Santiago, however, escaped a bigger threat in the inning
by striking out Austin Jackson looking with the bases loaded.
Like they did in a 6-2 win on Monday, the Sox responded in the
fourth - keyed by Garcia's triple into the right-field corner with a
1-2 count working against him. It netted three runs and a 3-1 lead for
Santiago, but it also felt like Garcia's coming out party for the Sox.
NOTES: White Sox Executive Vice President Kenny Williams met with
reporters for more than 20 minutes prior to the game and touched on a
number of topics, including team chairman Jerry Reinsdorf's angst at
his team sitting in last place of the American League Central, 24
games back of the first-place Tigers. "How has Jerry dealt with it?"
Williams said. "He's not a happy man. He's as competitive as they
come. We all are." Williams believes the Sox's solid young pitching
staff is the good news to take away from this season, which he
believes will be key to turning things around quickly. "All in all if
you had to go through something like this, I would rather go through
it with this type of optimism that it could turn around quickly." ...
Sox LF Dayan Viciedo missed a fourth straight game because of a thumb
injury. ... Tigers 1B Prince Fielder said "everything is fine," in
response to teammate Torii Hunter telling a Detroit radio station on
Tuesday that Fielder is dealing with an undisclosed off-field issue
that could be affecting his numbers.