Adolis Garcia homers twice in Texas Rangers’ loss to Chicago
The news the Texas Rangers were expecting came Friday when it was discovered that first baseman Ronald Guzman will need surgery on his left knee at the end of the season.
Guzman was injured on April 12 on the lousy lawn at Tropicana Field. He will be operated on on Wednesday to repair torn cartilage. On the same day, Sam Huff had a microscopic operation on his right knee.
Huff’s approach is simple and his future is still pretty clear. The same does not apply to Guzman, who is eligible for arbitration next season and has no more seats to play.
Nate Lowe appears to have first base banned and the Rangers have encountered a player who can play all three outfields and seek power.
He was back on Friday evening.
Here’s a Rangers reaction to a 9-7 loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Garcia starts up again
Adolis Garcia has played 10 games since joining Guzman’s squad and is already leading the majors at home with a five-game rookie.
Garcia went deep twice against the White Sox, the first to be a three-run homer that reduced the White Sox’s lead to 6-5. The Rangers eventually completed the game, only to see the White Sox score three times against Kyle Cody in the seventh and eighth innings.
Garcia had another swing in him. He was the only batsman to bring the ball into play against closer Chicago’s Liam Hendriks, who hung up a slider and watched Garcia pull it into left field to score the final score.
“It’s always great to do two home runs in one game,” said Garcia. “I’m pretty happy with it, except when the team loses it’s not good.”
Home races don’t feel so good because for the first time his performance wasn’t matched in a Rangers win, but Garcia’s start to the season still feels remarkable.
The teams don’t have a lot of information about Garcia, which helps his cause, but Hendriks doesn’t really need a book. Others do, however, and they’ll have one on Garcia sooner than later.
The test for Garcia then becomes whether he can stay constant once pitchers can start attacking the holes in his swing. Manager Chris Woodward has said that Garcia has done something to help the team win after each time, which is basically every other day.
He can also study scouting reports.
“I rely on a lot of this information from our coaches and the scouting reports,” said Garcia. “I pay a lot of attention to these things because I know I haven’t run into any of these pitchers.”
Dunning system disappointed
Right-handed Dane Dunning was looking forward to his start on Friday against the team that traded him for the Rangers.
He wanted to face his teammates he is still friends with, and he wanted to show White Sox Brass how smart the Rangers were in acquiring it.
So Dunning put it, not what he probably meant to say what a bunch of clowns the White Sox were to trade him off.
For two goalless innings, he made his case.
Then the third came when the White Sox used him in submission. Dunning did not finish the inning, allowing five runs with seven hits. Six were singles and the other was a rule double that Garcia might have misplayed.
It does not matter. Dunning kicked himself afterwards.
“I am definitely disappointed with my trip,” he said. “I didn’t order the ball breaking at all. That was the greatest thing, leaving too many points behind. “
It was the first bump of the season for Dunning to come into play with a glittering 0.60 ERA. It jumped to 3.06, but he ignored the decision after the Rangers closed the 5-0 and 6-2 deficits.
Kiner-Falefa moves a hit
Score one for the manager.
Woodward dropped Isiah Kiner-Falefa off the grid for the first time this season, albeit only one place in second, and the shortstop responded with a three-hit game and the game-winning RBI in the sixth inning.
Kiner-Falefa have recovered from a 0:19 deficit in the last three games and took the lead 6:15. The right-hander will be back on top against White Sox’s left-hander Dallas Keuchel on Saturday.
But Woodward sensed that Kiner-Falefa had pushed for the line-up, so he used Willie Calhoun against right-handed Dylan Cease. Calhoun might not be the prototypical leadoff hitter, but like Shin-Soo Choo, a left hitter, he has the chance to be the game’s first hitter to get a run on the board in one fell swoop.
Calhoun went 1 for 4 with a walk. He could take the lead again on Sunday against right-wing Lucas Giolito.
For Woodward, not all were aces on Friday. He stayed with Cody on the seventh and eighth time after the rookie threw a clean sixth inning. Despite being built for several innings, Cody had a tough outing in Anaheim on Tuesday.
The Rangers could have turned to right Brett de Geus or left John King and Joely Rodriguez, who did better than Cody.
Woodward wasn’t dissatisfied with Cody, however. However, Cody wasn’t good enough.
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After 12 seasons of treating the Rangers for the Star Telegram, Jeff Wilson knows that baseball is a 24/7/365 business and that baseball involves far more than just the 162 games per season. Jeff has more to offer too – like a family and impressive arsenals of Titleist hats and adidas shoes – but sometimes it’s hard to tell.