The White Sox ninth-inning rally Saturday started with a single by 22-year-old Avisail Garcia, who moved to third on a single by 24-year-old Dayan Vicideo, which set up 25-year-old Josh Phegley’s walk-off single. And it came against the Rangers, a first-place team fighting to hold onto a division lead.
"Garcia's been playing well since he got here,” Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Phegley, that stuff is good character-building, late-inning building for him, being up here for the rest of the year. Getting your first walk-off hit is something, it's a confidence-builder for him going through the rest of the year and getting in that situation again, a tough situation, that you can come through."
Phegley entered the game on defense in the eighth after Ventura pinch-hit for starting catcher Tyler Flowers, who, like Phegley, has struggled at the plate this season. And that made Phegley’s walk-off hit – his first in the majors – that much nicer.
"It's kind of been a slow road [on offense] since we've been up here,” Phegley said after Saturday’s game. “[Flowers] hasn't had a good go of it this year. But I know he's a good hitter. Going into this season, they named him the starting catcher and obviously [me] to Triple-A, and I thought he'd have a tremendous season. He's a good hitter. And it just hasn't gone that way for us. But we're going to keep swinging it. We're not going to quit."