CHICAGO | While Matt Garza mastered many White Sox players Sunday, he couldn’t quite get past a brother act that performed in support of one another better than any such tandem in 58 years.
In his first game back to the city after his July 22 trade from the Cubs, Rangers right-hander Garza fooled eight Sox via strikeouts, many on a sharp-breaking slider. But one unexpected South Sider, Jordan Danks, hit his fourth homer to give Chicago the 5-2 win.
The hit gave brother John Danks his fourth victory over the season.
Jordan Danks replaced Avisail Garcia who banged his head on the outfield wall in the top of the fourth inning.
In taking Garcia’s place, Jordan Danks entered the history book. The Elias Sports Bureau found he was the first brother to homer in support of a sibling pitcher since catcher Billy Shantz connected to back up lefty Bobby Shantz of the Kansas City Royals on June 5, 1955.
“I think it’s pretty cool,” said Jordan Danks. “Anytime I can come into the game, especially when John’s pitching, I definitely want to do something cool. I figured it had been awhile, probably, but I didn’t know it was 50-plus years.."
John Danks certainly appreciates the brother act.
“That was fun to see,” he said. “Obviously, it's a little extra special that it was Jordan. We usually joke about (that). He'll come up to me and ask if I've done anymore brother interviews or whatever, but it's something we don't take for granted. We know how special it is that we get to play together and we're enjoying every moment of it.”
Garza had five strikeouts, four swinging, by the time Jordan Danks came up.
“He’s got real good stuff, and I knew it,” he said. “He came in, he threw me a pretty tough inside fastball. I knew it would be a tough at-bat. He ended up hanging one, and I ran into one. Very fortunate.”
“It is what it is,” said Garza. “He hit a ball, he hit it far, you tip your cap and move on to the next guy.”
Garza felt no significance in his performance on a return to Chicago, a city he adopted as a home while with the Cubs.
“Same dimensions, same atmosphere, 90-foot bases, 60-foot mound, so it doesn’t matter,” he said.