Oakland, CA – Pat met the ball and Luis Garcia hung his head. He took two steps forward and chose not to follow the baseball path. One swing exacerbated a slew of fouls, the kinds Garcia never made during his three-year major league career. Control is never his problem.
His absence Wednesday began his downfall. Garcia committed two cardinal offenses in the third half of a goalless match. Chad Bender crushed a hanging slider for a Grand Slam win to make the right flank regret it. Two of the four runs that Bender chased were reached by walking four pitches. Both free passes arrived with two outs.