LOS ANGELES -- White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia put a bit of a damper on Yu Darvish's Dodger Stadium debut Wednesday, sending his first pitch of the game off the right-field foul pole.It was the second time in as many nights that the White Sox homered on the first
LOS ANGELES -- White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia put a bit of a damper on Yu Darvish's Dodger Stadium debut Wednesday, sending his first pitch of the game off the right-field foul pole.
It was the second time in as many nights that the White Sox homered on the first pitch of the game, accomplishing the feat for the first time in the franchise's 118-year history. Garcia's homer traveled a projected 388 feet, per Statcast™, and left his bat at 105 mph.
The White Sox would homer three more times, but the Dodgers rallied for a 5-4 walk-off win.
"It's something positive to put a pin on for the day," White Sox manager Rick Renteria said. "I thought our guys were ready and gave themselves the best chance they could against Darvish."
On Tuesday, Tim Anderson launched Alex Wood's first offering into the left-field seats for the fourth leadoff homer of his career. Garcia shared his leadoff intentions with Anderson immediately after he saw his name in the lineup card.
"We were talking last night, and when I saw the lineup, I was leading off, and I told [Anderson], 'Man, I want to swing at the first pitch and see if I can hit like you,'" Garcia said. "And then that happened."
The White Sox are the second team this season to homer on the first pitch in back-to-back games. Coincidentally, the Padres did it against the White Sox on May 12 and 13. The last time the White Sox hit leadoff homers in back-to-back games was against the Tigers in June 2015, with Adam Eaton hitting both of them, but those didn't come on the first pitch.
Garcia's leadoff shot was the first of his career and his eighth home run of the season, which added to his career high.
"Everybody knows how good [Darvish] is," Garcia said. "He throws a lot of strikes, so I knew [the pitch] was going to be close to home plate and I just wanted to be aggressive."
Darvish has struggled against the first batter of games. Entering his start Wednesday -- his birthday -- players leading off the game against him were hitting .381/.458/.667 with two home runs. He's now allowed 10 career leadoff homers, which is the most by any pitcher in the Majors since Darvish's debut on April 9, 2014.
Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in Los Angeles. He covered the White Sox on Wednesday.