Adolis Garcia looks to continue his power surge on Thursday afternoon as the Texas Rangers conclude their four-game series against the Oakland Athletics in Arlington, Texas.
Garcia boosted his team-leading home run total to 20 after belting a pair of solo shots in the Rangers' 5-3 win over the Athletics on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Cuban rookie also leads Texas in RBIs (52) and total bases (138).
While Garcia is putting up impressive numbers, he insists that turning around the team's fortunes carries more weight than an individual accolade such as playing in the All-Star Game. With that said, Garcia expressed that playing in the Midsummer Classic would be an honor.
"Every baseball player dreams of making it to the All-Star Game, so if (I'm) selected (I) will try to do the things that (I) have been doing to make it there," Garcia said through an interpreter, via Bally Sports Southwest.
Oakland manager Bob Melvin said of Garcia, "You see the numbers coming in. He's a really good player. Whether it's righties or whether it's lefties, he's got a lot of power. He's having a great year."
Nate Lowe also went deep on Wednesday to help Texas seize its second victory in three games following a dismal 3-19 stretch.
Like Garcia and Lowe, Eli White also collected two hits to continue his sizzling series. He is 6-for-12 with a homer, a double, two RBIs and four runs.
"It just goes to confidence," White told Bally Sports Southwest in a postgame interview. "I gained some confidence down in Triple-A. (I'm) just trying to help the team win however I can, and I feel good at the plate right now."
The Rangers will face an uphill climb in their bid to win the series on Thursday when they face Oakland's Chris Bassitt (7-2, 3.40 ERA), who has won seven consecutive decisions.
On Saturday, the 32-year-old right-hander allowed two earned runs or fewer for the 11th time in 15 starts this season. He yielded two runs on six hits in six innings of a no-decision against the New York Yankees, marking the first time that the Athletics did not emerge victorious in a game started by Bassitt since May 5.
Bassitt sports a 2-2 record with a 4.99 ERA in nine career appearances (five starts) versus the Rangers. Joey Gallo has had his number in a small sample size, however, going 4-for-5 with two homers and three RBIs against him.
Left-hander Kolby Allard (2-2, 2.93 ERA) will take the mound for Texas on Thursday.
Allard, 23, also last pitched on Saturday and settled for a no-decision. He permitted two runs on four hits in six innings against the Minnesota Twins.
Allard has posted a 1-2 record with a 2.70 ERA in four starts since opening the season with 10 relief appearances. He owns an 0-2 record with an 11.37 ERA in two career starts against the Athletics.
Oakland's Matt Chapman carries an 11-game hitting streak into the series finale. He has a homer and four RBIs while playing in two games of the series.
Sean Murphy has gone deep in two of the three games of the series for the Athletics.
--Field Level Media