White Sox: Five Takeaways from Series Against Tigers

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Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 4, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jose Quintana (62) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Justin Morneau, Avisail Garcia Have Solid Series

Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Justin Morneau (44) hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 3, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Chicago White Sox designated hitter Justin Morneau (44) hits a home run in the seventh inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

I can only imagine where this team would be right now if Morneau had started the season with the White Sox. Through 16 games played, Morneau is hitting .278 with three home runs and eight runs batted in. In Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Tigers, Morneau scored the White Sox only run with a solo home run in the sixth inning off starter Michael Fulmer.

On Thursday, Morneau had two hits and a sacrifice fly for the White Sox. Both of Morneau’s hits were doubles.  It’s a shame Morneau wasn’t healthy to compete until July, as the White Sox badly needed a consistent left-handed hitter in their lineup.

To go along with Morneau’s solid series, Garcia hit three home runs against his former team in the series. Garcia who has been maligned by White Sox fans this season, hit three long home runs against the Tigers. Two of those home runs were hit on Tuesday in an 11-5 loss to Detroit and they were very long home runs.

Garcia’s second home run on Tuesday traveled 465 feet at Comerica Park. Garcia entered the game on Tuesday for the injured Tilson. Although Garcia’s batting average is .238 for the season, he’s hit .250 in his last seven games. On Thursday, Garcia added another home run and he has nine home runs for the season.

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