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Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox Pick & Prediction MAY 8TH 2022

MLB | BASEBALL
TV: NBC
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Before Saturday's game, Boston Red Sox chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom offered his outlook on the team's disappointing start to 2022.

"Obviously, we've had some tough losses late, you know, more than more than our share," Bloom said. "But they happened. We don't have a time machine. We can't go back and change them."

Ten innings later against the Chicago White Sox, another tough loss. Boston lost a 1-0 lead in the ninth and fell 3-1, its sixth loss in as many extra-inning games.

The next challenge is avoiding a three-game series sweep at home in a Sunday morning affair.

"We had a chance to finish the game in the ninth," said Red Sox manager Alex Cora, whose team had two runners in scoring position with one out after Jackie Bradley Jr. singled and Christian Vazquez doubled but couldn't score. "... Where we're at right now, any chance we have, we have to take advantage."

Starting pitching hasn't been an issue, as Nick Pivetta pitched six shutout innings and struck out eight.

Now, Michael Wacha (3-0, 1.38 ERA) will look to continue Boston's recent trend of starting pitchers allowing two or fewer runs in 13 of the last 15 games.

Wacha dealt 5 2/3 shutout innings Tuesday against the Los Angeles Angels. Just one baserunner reached scoring position against Wacha, who retired 15 of the 20 total batters he faced.

The right-hander hasn't allowed more than two runs in any of his five starts, the last three of which he has won. For the season, his .148 opponent's batting average is the lowest in the American League.

"(Wacha) was pounding the strike zone with good stuff and got some quick outs," Cora said. "For a defender, he's a dream come true. His pace, throwing strikes, you have to be ready because the ball will get hit. So far we've done an outstanding job defensively behind him. He's been great."

Saturday's resilient effort helped Chicago extend its win streak to five straight.

The White Sox, who have allowed two runs or fewer in four of those five games, were previously 0-10 when trailing after eight innings.

"This kind of game, that's what we need to get our confidence up," center fielder Luis Robert said. "We had a really rough April and to win this kind of game gives us hope."

Jose Abreu and Robert had back-to-back RBI hits to begin the 10th after Leury Garcia hit a sacrifice fly in the ninth.

"It proves what I've been telling you all about them all along -- heart, guts, talent," manager Tony La Russa said.

Chicago's pitching plan for the final two games wasn't determined before the series, as the team still awaits the return of Lance Lynn (right knee tendon tear) which is expected at some point in May.

Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 8.40) will get the ball despite struggling mightily with command in recent starts.

Last Sunday against the Angels, the big southpaw allowed four earned runs on six hits and five walks. It was his second straight start with five free passes and his third consecutive loss.

Following his last outing, Keuchel had allowed more hits (24) and earned runs (14) than any White Sox starter.

"I still feel good," Keuchel said. "That's the main thing and I'm upbeat with how things are progressing. Obviously, I want to win every start, that's not likely. But at the same time, I gotta give six, seven innings instead of five."

--Field Level Media

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Chicago White Sox vs. Boston Red Sox Recap MAY 8TH 2022

Dallas Keuchel enjoyed his best start of the season and Jose Abreu belted a key two-run double on Sunday afternoon as the visiting Chicago White Sox edged the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, to complete a three-game sweep.

Keuchel (2-3) allowed two runs on eight hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one. Chicago extended its winning streak to six games and pushed Boston's losing streak to five.

There was drama in the ninth inning when J.D. Martinez led off with a double off the wall in left field off Jose Ruiz. But with two outs, rookie left-hander Bennett Sousa came in and retired pinch-hitter Kevin Plawecki on a fly ball to center field for his first MLB save.

The White Sox turned to Sousa because closer Liam Hendriks had five saves in six days.

Keuchel kept the Red Sox off the board until the sixth inning. Rafael Devers, who had three hits, singled and scored on Martinez's RBI groundout. With two outs, Christian Vazquez's run-scoring single trimmed Chicago's advantage to one run.

Chicago's bullpen threw three shutout innings. In the eighth inning, right-hander Matt Foster struck out Trevor Story, Devers and Xander Bogaerts in order.

Tanner Houck started for Boston in place of Michael Wacha, who landed on the 15-day injured list with left intercostal irritation.

Houck made his first start since April 21, and his seventh appearance (four starts). Because Houck threw 2 1/3 innings on Thursday, the Red Sox made Sunday a "bullpen game."

All the runs the White Sox needed came in the third inning. Reese McGuire singled to open the inning and scored on Leury Garcia's RBI single, and Abreu laced a two-run, two-out double to left.

Houck (2-3) was charged with three runs in 2 2/3 innings.

The game was delayed 20 minutes with one out in the fourth inning due to an umpire injury. Home plate umpire Ron Kulpa was struck in the mask by a Jake Burger foul ball. Shaken, he was tended to by the medical staff before first base umpire Marty Foster replaced Kulpa behind the plate.

--Field Level Media

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