Before his 12th game in a White Sox uniform Avisail Garcia calmly leaned back in a chair in the visitors' clubhouse at Kauffman Stadium and considered the difficulties in making the transition to his new team. The 22-year-old outfielder couldn't come up with one. "Good guys and I feel comfortable here" he said. By several accounts Garcia's move to the Sox — from Triple-A Charlotte after a three-team trade with the Tigers and Red Sox — has been smooth. He extended his hitting streak to eight games Wednesday in the Sox's game with a 5-2 victory over the Royals when he beat out a throw to first on a grounder to shortstop Alcides Escobar in the sixth inning. Likewise the Sox have been playing more comfortably with newcomers in the lineup like Garcia and right-hander Andre Rienzo who earned his first major league victory after giving up five hits over six innings. Addison Reed earned his 33rd save. Behind a fourth-inning grand slam from Dayan Viciedo the Sox extended their winning streak to five games for the first time this season. "It's just different" Sox manager Robin Ventura said of the team's recent competitive streak. "Coming to the ballpark there is a different feel to it. You add Garcia and what he brings and add different personalities and it just makes it different."
White Sox' Rienzo wins 1st with 5-2 victory over Royals
Chicago Tribune | Aug 22