Following a series win in Cleveland and a 35 minute rain delay, the Sox kicked off a weekend series against the Minnesota Twins. The Twins had Adalberto Mejía on the mound for his second career start. His first career start was last Saturday against the White Sox, and he failed to get out of the second inning in that one. The Sox turned to Dylan Covey on Friday to make his MLB debut. Chicago picked up Covey as a Rule 5 selection from the Oakland Athletics’ organization this offseason.
The White Sox made history before the game had even begun. They are the first team to have a starting outfield that shared the last name in MLB history. The white-hot Avi Garcia, who extended his hitting streak to 9 games in this one, played right, Leury Garcia played center, and Willy Garcia played left field in his Major League debut. Avi recorded two hits and remained atop the American League in batting average. Leury played an outstanding defensive game in center field. Willy notched his first career hit with a double in the second, coming up just short of a triple as he was thrown out at third base.
Dylan Covey struggled with his control at some points, but overall his debut should be considered a tremendous success. He kept the Sox in the game, giving up just 1 run over 5 1/3 innings. Rick Renteria then turned to his shutdown bullpen. Dan Jennings, Zach Putnam, Nate Jones, and David Robertson combined to finish off the Twins. After play on Friday, the White Sox lead the American League in ERA.
The Twins struck first in this one on a RBI grounder from Jason Castro. The Sox responded in the top of the third when Jose Abreu hit a slow ground ball to third on which the Twins were unable to convert on a double play. Leury Garcia scored, and the game was tied at 1. Through the rain, the teams played on, and the tie was finally broken in the top of the seventh when Matt Davidson ripped a solo shot to right-center field. Davidson now leads the team in RBIs with 9 on the young season.