The crowd groaned as the replay was shown on the videoboard in centre field. Yoan Moncada had to be helped into a cart. Willy Garcia was knocked out.
So yes, the Chicago White Sox enjoyed their dramatic victory very much. But the encouraging prognosis for their injured teammates was even sweeter.
Matt Davidson singled in Leury Garcia for his second game-ending hit in as many days, and the White Sox rallied to beat Toronto Blue Jays 7-6 on Monday night after losing Moncada to a right knee injury.
“It’s huge for us,” Davidson said. “To win in the ninth inning is always fun.”
Adam Engel sparked the winning rally with a one-out single against Roberto Osuna (3-2). Leury Garcia was hit by a pitch, putting runners on first and second.
After Tyler Saladino struck out swinging, Jose Abreu tied it at 6 with a single to right. Davidson followed with another base hit into centre , and then was mobbed by his teammates as he ran around the infield.
“Nothing that I can do about it. I broke three bats,” Osuna said. “Like I say, I missed the location a couple times, but it still was a good pitch.”
Chicago has big 8th inning
The White Sox trailed 6-1 before they scored four times in the eighth, capped by consecutive homers for Davidson and Yolmer Sanchez. Davidson also hit a game-ending, two-run homer in Sunday’s 3-1 victory over Cleveland.
“I think that this victory gives us confidence, gives us the energy and the motivation to come every day trying to do our best and try to work harder,” Abreu said through a translator.
Chris Beck (2-1) pitched a scoreless inning for the win, helped by right fielder Alen Hanson bringing in a foul popup tipped into the air by first baseman Abreu.
Josh Donaldson, Russell Martin and Justin Smoak homered for Toronto, which lost for the third time in four games. Darwin Barney got a three-run double on a frightening play in the sixth, and Marco Estrada pitched seven sparkling innings.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Barney hit a fly ball into shallow right field. A sprinting Moncada tried to pull up as Garcia went for the sliding catch, but he kneed the right fielder in the head and the ball trickled out of Garcia’s glove.
“I got knocked out right away,” Garcia said through a translator while standing in front of his locker in the clubhouse. “I didn’t remember what happened until the doctor started…