Terre Haute native Josh Phegley had a nice weekend in Chicago.
Phegley hit a home run on Sunday to help Chicago defeat Texas 5-2, the eighth win in nine games for the White Sox.
On Saturday, Phegley had the game-winning single with two outs in the ninth inning to secure a 3-2 White Sox victory over the Rangers.
Phegley’s home run on Sunday — his fourth of the season — came in the seventh inning with the White Sox already leading 4-2. His solo shot came off Texas starter Matt Garza.
Phegley hit a home run against Garza — then with the Chicago Cubs — during his White Sox home debut on July 8.
Phegley currently enjoys a four-game hit streak as he hit safely in each game of Chicago’s series against Texas and had a base hit in the final game of Chicago’s series at Kansas City Thursday.
Phegley has raised his batting average to .218 after it had dropped to .205 during the Kansas City series.
Phegley’s game-winning hit on Saturday was a pinch-single off Texas reliever Tanner Scheppers.
“[Tanner] Scheppers, I’ve faced him in college. I know he’s a hard-thrower and I just tried to get my foot down and get the barrel on something. I knew a strikeout wouldn’t help us there, and if you can just get the bat on the ball and get something through the infield, game over,” Phegley said.
While Phegley had a fruitful weekend at the plate, a pair of White Sox brothers helped each other in historic fashion Sunday.
Jordan Danks became the first major leaguer in nearly six decades to back his brother with a homer, connecting after he replaced the injured Avisail Garcia.
“We’ve played together probably since we were 5 years old,” Jordan Danks said. “That was the goal to one day play together in the big leagues and here we are. And I thought how cool it would be to hit a home run one day when he was pitching and sure enough it happened. It was very cool.”
John Danks (4-10) outpitched Garza (3-2), allowing two runs over six innings for his second straight win, and the White Sox took two of three from the AL West leaders.
Jordan Danks replaced Garcia and gave the White Sox the lead with a solo drive to right in the bottom half. According to information supplied to the White Sox by the Elias Sports Bureau, it was the first time a player has supported his brother with a homer since the Kansas City Athletics’ Billy Shantz did it for Bobby Shantz on June 3, 1955.
Third baseman Jeff Keppinger preserved the lead in the fifth when he lunged to snag Adrian Beltre’s liner and stepped on the bag with runners on the corners to end the threat.
Adam Dunn made it 4-2 in the sixth with an RBI single after Alexei Ramirez doubled, and Phegley bumped the lead to three with his drive in the seventh after Matt Lindstrom escaped a bases-loaded jam.
After pitching eight scoreless innings against Kansas City last week, John Danks gave up eight hits and struck out five while walking one against a potent Texas lineup.
The recent run comes during an otherwise miserable season for Chicago. Seeing the promising Garcia slowly walking off the field prompted a few groans throughout the stadium.
Garcia crashed into the right-field fence while chasing a tying two-run homer by Jeff Baker that barely cleared the wall.
Acquired from Detroit in last month’s three-team deal that sent Jake Peavy to Boston, Garcia banged his head and shoulder. He stayed down for a few moments and was tended to by a trainer and manager Robin Ventura before walking gingerly off the field.
“It was more probably dehydration,” Ventura said.