It was welcome relief for Garcia, who already has exceeded the expectations held by the White Sox for him as a fifth starter. He might not top 90 mph on the speed gun, or even 85 mph on some days, but most importantly, Garcia knows how to win.
“Castro caught me and called a great game,” Garcia said. “[I] threw a lot of changeups, a lot of [garbage], but sometimes you feel good and that thing works. You got to go the way the catcher tells you and you can get out of those innings, and he called a good game. I threw [the changeups] because you throw them and they swing and miss. I want to keep throwing them until they start hitting them.”
“Very good changeup, nice slider, didn’t really use his fastball that much,” said Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon of the White Sox winning pitcher. “But Freddy has readjusted to life after the 95-mph fastball, and I give him credit for that. He used to be a mid-90s guy with a great changeup off of it. Now, he’s pitching primarily with his changeup and his slider. He did a great job.”