When Garza pitched against the A’s on July 3 as a member of the Chicago Cubs, he mowed them down allowing just four hits and three walks in eight innings of 1-run ball for the win. This time around, the A’s decided to take an aggressive, small-ball approach with Garza, which is atypical of the team.
They got a bunt hit, sac bunt, single, home run and single in the span of Garza’s first 10 pitches. They scored three in the first and beat the Rangers 4-1, with Garza taking the loss.
So what’s Garza’s beef with Sogard?
Sogard sacrifice bunted in the first, and then he got an RBI after laying down a squeeze bunt in the seventh. Garza was pretty ticked that the small-ball methods worked, and he had words for Sogard after the bunt.
After the game, Garza would not share what he said to Sogard.
“I asked where’s a good place to eat in Oakland,” Garza told reporters after the game. “They showed me how they were going to play and how they were going to attack me, and that’s fine. Next time, I’ll be ready. That’s it.”
Sogard said after the game that the A’s went bunt-heavy because Garza does not field his position well.
“It’s kind of no secret that Garza has some trouble throwing to first sometimes,” Sogard said, via the Dallas Morning News. “Small ball is definitely a tool we have and can use. We scored, and anytime that happens he’s not going to be happy.”
The A’s bunted four times in the game, and Sogard wasn’t the only player who mentioned Garza’s weakness of fielding his position. A’s starter Jarrod Parker did too.
Even Sogard’s wife, Kaycee, tweeted about the bunting approach: