Garcia Injured in 10-4 Loss to Rockies
DENVER – Chicago White Sox outfielder Avisail Garcia left Wednesday’s 10-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies in the sixth inning after suffering a jammed left shoulder while diving for a fly ball in right field.
Garcia tumbled to the ground on D.J. LeMahieu’s double and stayed there wincing as Sox training staff went out to check on him. He held his left arm to his stomach as he walked off the field.
The Rockies tied the game at 4-4 on the two-out play. Justin Morneau scored from third after Garcia appeared to have control of the ball but then drop it while rolling over. Morneau had doubled off Sox right-hander Erik Johnson and advanced to third on Dayan Viciedo’s fielding error in left field.
Viciedo replaced Garcia in right field, and Alejandro De Aza entered the game in left field. Johnson followed Garcia out of the game after allowing nine hits and four earned runs, walking one and striking out four in 5 2/3 innings.
The Rockies scored six runs in the in the eighth inning to take a 10-4 lead against Sox relievers Scott Downs, Ronald Belisario and Jake Petricka. Downs allowed a leadoff single before Belisario replaced him and allowed another hit. LeMahieu hit a two-run single, and Josh Rutledge and Michael Cuddyer added RBI singles.
Carlos Gonzalez hit a two-run double against Petricka, who then got the final two outs.
Belisario, who gave up five hits and five earned runs, left the game with lower back tightness.
The Sox surrendered an early lead to the Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Coors Field.
Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon doubled in the first inning and scored on a groundout to give the Rockies a 1-0 lead against Johnson.
Garcia walked in the second inning, and back-to-back singles from Alexei Ramirez and Tyler Flowers pushed Garcia in to tie the game at 1-1. Adam Eaton followed with a single to drive in Ramirez for a 2-1 Sox lead.
The Rockies evened the score at 2-2 in the bottom of the second on Blackmon’s RBI single. In the third inning, Nolan Arenado hit an RBI single that bounced off Sox third baseman Conor Gillaspie’s glove and into left field for a 3-2 Rockies lead.
Gillaspie helped the Sox take the lead back in the fifth inning. Eaton and Marcus Semien led off with singles, and Gillaspie drove both in with a two-out single to give the Sox a 4-3 lead.
The Sox were trying to ride the momentum from their big victory Tuesday night.
On Tuesday, the Sox had 19 hits and totaled six home runs in a game for the first time since 2009 on the way to a 15-3 victory. Jose Abreu and Garcia each had two apiece for their first career multi-homer games.
Abreu’s home runs resulted in five RBIs to continue the good first impression the Cuban first baseman is making in his first season in the major leagues. That impression was made early in spring training, Sox manager Robin Ventura said.
“You just hear it, the sound that comes off his bat when he hits it, especially going the other way,” Ventura said. “You don’t hear it (often). There are few guys that have it, and he’s one that has it. … In spring training, you see it a couple of times, you take a second look real quick, making sure you’re seeing the right thing. It’s a gift.”
Johnson takes the mound after allowing seven earned runs on 10 hits and three walks in his first start against the Kansas City Royals last week. He faces Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio, who is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA.
“It’s always the same kind of stuff — pound the zone early, attacking, being aggressive to the glove early, and then when you can, get them out in three less pitches,” Johnson said of his focuses for his second start. “It’s a big thing for me this time around to limit the free bases.”
Sox center fielder Adam Eaton will lead off, followed by second baseman Marcus Semien, Abreu, left fielder Dayan Viciedo, third baseman Conor Gillaspie, Garcia, shortstop Alexei Ramirez, catcher Tyler Flowers and Johnson.