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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Pick & Prediction MAY 11TH 2022

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Chicago White Sox right-hander Vince Velasquez credits a stronger mental approach for a recent run of success that includes wins in two straight starts.

Velasquez finds he's better able to remain in the present, a trait he'll aim to channel Wednesday afternoon as the White Sox try for a series victory against the visiting Cleveland Indians.

"I've always been one of those guys that would kind of let things kind of spiral and I just think, 'I still have another out to get, there's another batter to face.' And staying on task," Velasquez said.

"Things will obviously kind of get out of hand here or there, but that's when you have to have that mental control of what you're good at and what's working and kind of go based off of that. It's just a sense of awareness, knowing what's working and staying on task."

Chicago defeated Cleveland 4-1 on Tuesday to even the three-game series at a game apiece while earning its first victory against the Guardians in five tries this season.

White Sox leadoff man Tim Anderson collected three hits and two RBIs, Luis Robert had two hits to extend his hitting streak to nine games and Gavin Sheets homered for the second straight game. The White Sox have won seven of eight.

After committing four errors Monday in a 12-9 loss in 11 innings, the White Sox had zero errors Tuesday and turned a double play.

"We've had some breakdowns, for whatever the reasons," White Sox manager Tony La Russa said. "I'm confident we're a good enough defensive club and we'll get better."

Josh Naylor is 5-for-9 with three home runs and nine RBIs in the series for Cleveland, which is 8-3 in its past 11 games. Amed Rosario is 6-for-9 in the series, but still is seeking his first extra-base hit since April 25.

Naylor connected for a solo home run for the Guardians' lone run of the game Tuesday. One night earlier, he steered a 12-9, 11-inning comeback win by becoming the first player in major-league history to hit two home runs of at least three runs in the ninth inning or later of the same game.

"I'm ready for every challenge," Naylor said. "We're all ready for every challenge on this team. It doesn't matter who's on the mound. It doesn't matter if it's Nolan Ryan. We're ready for it."

Velasquez (2-2, 3.97 ERA) won his second straight start Friday with five innings of one-run, three-hit ball at Boston. He walked two and struck out two.

In three career starts against Cleveland, Velasquez is 1-2 with a 1.59 ERA. He has 17 strikeouts in 17 innings.

Aaron Civale (1-2, 9.45) is set to get the call for the Guardians. Civale earned his first win of the season on Thursday with 5 2/3 innings of four-run, six-hit ball.

He is 4-3 with a 5.14 ERA in seven career starts against the White Sox, with 35 strikeouts and eight home runs allowed over 35 innings.

--Field Level Media

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Cleveland Indians vs. Chicago White Sox Recap AUG 1TH 2021

Brian Goodwin blasted a solo home run with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the host Chicago White Sox to a 2-1 victory against the Cleveland Indians on Sunday afternoon.

Goodwin lined a 3-1 fastball from Nick Wittgren (2-4) into the right-field bleachers as the White Sox earned a series victory in the three-game weekend set.

Both teams had four hits. Amed Rosario doubled twice for the Indians, who went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position while stranding four. The White Sox were 1-for-6 with men in scoring position and stranded seven.

A White Sox bullpen relay of four pitchers combined for six innings of two-hit relief with eight strikeouts. That included a perfect eighth inning for recently acquired Craig Kimbrel, who lowered his season ERA to 0.47.

Liam Hendriks (5-2) worked around a two-out single to record a scoreless ninth and earn the victory.

Reynaldo Lopez sparked the relief effort with three innings of one-hit ball with four strikeouts.

Wittgren allowed one run and one hit in 1 1/3 innings with two strikeouts.

Recalled from Triple-A Charlotte before the game, right-hander Jimmy Lambert got the start for Chicago. He pitched three innings of one-run, two-hit ball with one walk and two strikeouts.

In his third appearance of the season -- and second start against Cleveland - Lambert surrendered a solo home run to Myles Straw leading off the third inning.

Indians righty Cal Quantrill worked six innings, scattering one run on three hits with four walks and six strikeouts. His lone blemish came in the fifth inning, when he hit Jose Abreu near the shoulder with a pitch with the bases loaded.

It marked the third time Abreu was hit by a pitch in the three-game series, including once in the helmet on Friday night. Cleveland's Jose Ramirez ran to Abreu between innings to speak with him.

Quantrill has made six appearances and two starts against the White Sox this season, pitching to a 1.10 ERA in 16 1/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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