Garcia, who left the Detroit Tigers organization for the White Sox in the three-team July 30 trade that sent Jake Peavy to the Boston Red Sox, had a two-run triple and scored two runs, including the game winner, as the White Sox won 4-3 in 11 innings.
A day earlier, Garcia appeared to press while playing against his former club for the first time. It was much different on Tuesday, starting with his fourth-inning triple off Max Scherzer. Not only did two runs score on the hit to put the White Sox in the lead, but Garcia then came around to score when Omar Infante’s ill-advised throw to third base got past Miguel Cabrera.
The Tigers would eventually tie the game in the eighth inning, but Garcia was there for the White Sox again in the 11th, starting the game-winning rally with a walk. When Jeff Keppinger put down a sacrifice bunt, Garcia beat the throw to second base with his above-average speed.
“I feel very good,” Garcia said. “I’m just trying to do my job, play hard and do something good for my team. I’m trying to win games.”
Garcia played off his struggles Monday, obviously not carrying them into the following game.
“It’s all about baseball,” he said. “When you get traded, that’s going to happen. You want to play the same way you play all the years of your career.”
Manager Robin Ventura is seeing his new outfielder get into a comfort zone less than a week after joining the White Sox.
“I think it's going to be one of those where he'll probably be more relaxed as time goes on and he's here,” Ventura said. “He did a nice job. He's kind of working through it, being simple. I think the first couple days, he’s probably swinging a little hard trying to hit something real far. So, it was a nice at-bat, get something the other way against a very tough pitcher.”
The triple in the fourth inning was Garcia’s first extra-base hit with the White Sox, but he didn’t have much time to get reacquainted with Cabrera at third base because he immediately sprinted home on the error. In the 11th inning, though, Garcia was standing at third during a pitching change, giving him and Cabrera a little time to talk.
“I’ve got a good relationship with him,” Garcia said. “We’re always talking about everything. He sends me a message and I text him back. We’re good.”