Josh Phegley got the Gatorade bath. The happy beating from his teammates. And a special something Gordon Beckham had learned from A.J. Pierzynski.
Which was fitting because the former Sox catcher was behind the plate when Sox rookie catcher Phegley delivered the first game-ending hit of his career.
Phegley’s two-out single in the ninth Saturday night scored Avisail Garcia to give the Sox a 3-2 victory over the Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field stopping the American League West leaders’ road winning streak at nine. It came in Phegley’s 37th major league game.
“It’s awesome” Phegley said of his teammates’ reaction. “It’s the best beating of your life. I know Beckham was in there giving me some good shots to the mid-section. As soon as you get that hit you can’t feel anything for the next 10 minutes.”
Beckham who singled and scored on Adam Dunn’s game-tying two-run homer off Rangers ace Yu Darvish in the sixth said he was reprising the initiation rite he experienced after his first game-