Garcia pulls weight for White Sox with adjusted approach

Garcia pulls weight for White Sox with adjusted approach
April 9, 2014, 2:15 pm
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DENVER -- The big developments from Tuesday night’s game aren’t exclusive to Jose Abreu -- Avisail Garcia had a monster game, too.

One of the things that caught manager Robin Ventura’s eye is the location of the pitches when Garcia hit his first two home runs of the season in a 4-for-5 performance. Both were on the inner half of the plate and both were pulled for home runs. That’s a good sign for Garcia, who naturally hits the ball up the middle or the opposite way, Ventura said.

“It’s a big step,” Ventura said. “Guys that go the other way, sometimes it takes a little while to learn how to pull the ball correctly. He’s been in the middle of that for about a week of still working it out. Watching him for going on the second year, he hasn’t hit too many balls like that. The last couple of days, he’s been hitting like that, to where the trajectory and the way his bat comes through the zone is a little bit better than it’s been.”

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In the second inning Garcia deposited a slider in from Franklin Morales into the left-field bleachers. Then in the eighth, Garcia, who started the season 4-for-24, ripped a sinker up and in from Wilton Lopez for another homer.

Garcia said he and Todd Steverson have worked to simplify his approach and he feels good at the plate. Had it not been for a stellar play by Gold Glove-winning third baseman Nolan Arenado, Garcia would have finished with five hits.

“I’ve been watching videos and I was trying to do too much,” Garcia said. “Right now it’s better. I’ve got to keep working hard and have got to do something for my team.”

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Though he knows Garcia could get a little pull-happy in the short-term because of the results, Ventura isn’t worried about the outfielder’s approach drastically changing.

“You can get a little pull happy when you hit a couple of home runs in a game,” Ventura said. “Eventually pitchers will figure that out. But he naturally he goes the other way so I don’t see that becoming an issue.”