Sixth hit is the charm for Garcia, Legends

Royals infield prospect racks up career high in hits in 14-inning game

Carlos Garcia is batting .393 with seven runs scored in seven June games for Lexington. (Mary Lay)

By Robert Emrich / | July 10, 2014 2:53 AM

Carlos Garcia "just played baseball" Wednesday. In the process, he put his name in the record books.

The Kansas City infield prospect amassed the first six-hit game of his career as Class A Lexington defeated Hickory, 10-7, in 14 innings Wednesday.

Garcia, who singled all six times, drove in a pair of runs with his final hit as the Legends scored three times in the top half of the 14th. The 22-year-old second baseman also scored three times.

"I've been working a lot with my hitting coach, Abraham Nunez, about how to hit the ball to the opposite way and not try to hit a home run," Garcia said. "Just do my job and put the ball in play and everything worked tonight."

Garcia surpassed his previous career high of four hits, set most recently on July 18, 2013 while playing for Rookie-level Idaho Falls in the Pioneer League. It is the second six-hit performance in the South Atlantic League this season. Carlos Lopez accomplished the feat May 24 for Greensboro.

"I was really excited," Garcia said. "I was trying to be a spark in the game. We went to extra innings, we had a long game, so I was trying to make my team win the game."

After posting a .524 OPS in June, Garcia has gone back to basics for the Legends. The work has paid off as the 2013 Pioneer League All-Star is riding a five-game hitting streak with 12 hits during that stretch.

"We have been working on trying to hit the ball to the opposite field and to be more relaxed at home plate," Garcia said. "I think, starting the season, I was trying to do too much. I wasn't playing every day, so when I had a chance to play, I was trying to do too much. I think that's the key -- to be relaxed at the plate and don't do too much and just play baseball."

Frank Schwindel finished with five hits, including a two-run homer, and Dexter Kjerstad fell a home run shy of the cycle while driving in the go-ahead run for Lexington.

Kellin Deglan slugged a three-run homer and drove in four while Rangers' No. 12 prospect Ronald Guzman went yard.

Robert Emrich is a contributor to Follow him on Twitter @RobertEmrich. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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