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Chicago White Sox vs. Cincinnati Reds Pick & Prediction MAY 5TH 2021

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Jesse Winker singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, and the Cincinnati Reds beat the visiting Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Wednesday, in a game highlighted by a pitcher's duel between Sonny Gray and Dallas Keuchel.

With Cincinnati's Tucker Barnhart placed on second to start the 10th, Nick Senzel singled to left off Chicago right-hander Liam Hendriks. Winker, who worked a full count, followed with a laser to right-center field that allowed the Reds to split the two-game set.

Cincinnati, shut down in Tuesday's 9-0 loss, managed just seven hits in the series.

Reds right-hander Gray (who lowered his ERA to 3.92) and Chicago left-hander Keuchel (3.79) more than held their own. Each allowed two hits and both set season highs by completing seven innings.

Gray struck out eight with two walks while Keuchel fanned just one and overcame three bases on balls.

Cincinnati's Tejay Antone didn't allow a hit in two innings of relief, but with a runner placed on second in the 10th, Lucas Sims walked Chicago's Yasmani Grandal. Leury Garcia's fielder's choice left runners on first and third, but he was thrown out trying to steal second. Sims followed with a strikeout of ex-Red Billy Hamilton.

The Reds had runners at second and third with nobody out in the first, but failed to score Senzel was thrown out at the plate by Jose Abreu on a ground ball to first base. They loaded the bags in the ninth, but Hendriks got Barnhart to ground into a force out at third base to end the inning.

Cincinnati played without star Nick Castellanos, batting .324 with nine homers and 20 RBIs, who was scratched from the lineup due to back tightness. Fellow Reds star Joey Votto was hit on the left thumb by a pitch in the fourth inning and departed after the fifth inning.

--Field Level Media

Injuries have forced the Chicago White Sox to make some unexpected lineup changes, but they're not planning on adjusting any of their goals. The White Sox look to maintain their focus when they conclude a two-game interleague series against the host Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

Tim Anderson and Jose Abreu combined for four hits and six RBI in a 9-0 rout Tuesday as the White Sox won for the eighth time in 11 games.

Chicago also received a boost from Dylan Cease, who allowed one hit and tied a career high with 11 strikeouts over six scoreless innings. Cease also helped his own cause with three hits and a run scored.

The White Sox were playing their first game since learning that center fielder Luis Robert will miss three to four months due to a Grade 3 strain of his right hip flexor.

Chicago is also without outfielder Eloy Jimenez, who started the season on the injured list after rupturing his left pectoral tendon during spring training.

"Life is going to throw you a curve, and you have to put your head up high and try to keep moving forward, try to do your best," Abreu said. "We as a team, as a unit, we are the leaders; it's not just one person. We as individual leaders, we all have to keep our focus on our job, on the things that we need to improve on the field."

Cincinnati was held to a pair of hits on Tuesday after hitting five homers Sunday in a 13-12, 10-inning victory over the Chicago Cubs. The Reds are 2-2 on their five-game homestand and hope to finish the stretch on a winning note behind starting pitcher Sonny Gray.

Gray (0-2, 5.93 ERA) bounced back from a rough outing against St. Louis by allowing two runs and striking out 11 over 5 2/3 innings in an 8-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers last Wednesday.

Adam Eaton is 6-for-14 against the 31-year-old right-hander, who is 11-2 with a 2.66 ERA over his last 16 starts at Great American Ball Park.

Gray, who is facing Chicago for the first time since August 2018, owns a 4-0 record and 3.55 ERA in six career games (five starts) against the White Sox.

The White Sox will turn to left-hander Dallas Keuchel (1-1, 4.65), who allowed four runs over six innings in a 5-3 loss to Cleveland on Friday.

The 33-year-old native of Oklahoma settled in after giving up four early runs and retired nine straight batters after the third inning.

Keuchel owns a 2.50 ERA in three career starts against Cincinnati and has struggled to contain Nick Castellanos (7-for-18 with a home run).

Reds rookie second baseman Jonathan India was in the starting lineup on Tuesday for his first start since April 26 and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts. The rookie has three hits in his last 29 at-bats.

"No one is really worried about it," India said. "No one is saying, 'What's wrong?' They're just saying, 'It's part of the game. Learn. It's a learning experience. You're a rookie.'"

Cincinnati outfielder Nick Senzel was scratched from Tuesday's lineup with a sore left shoulder and is listed as day-to-day.

--Field Level Media

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Last Injuries

Cincinnati Reds

  • Amir Garrett

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Garrett has been suspended seven games by MLB for inciting a benches-clearing incident. He is appealing the decision and will be permitted to play until the league makes a final ruling.

  • Nick Castellanos

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Castellanos was held out of the previous game with lower-back tightness, and it remains to be seen if he will play against the Indians on Friday.

  • Joey Votto

    Early June | out

    Votto is out of commission with a fractured left thumb, and he is expected to miss at least four weeks of action.

  • Nick Senzel

    Prob Wed | probable

    Senzel missed the previous game with left shoulder soreness, but it is likely that he will play against the White Sox on Wednesday.

  • Pedro Strop

    Out indefinitely | out

    Strop has taken a personal leave of absence, and it has yet to be determined when he will return to the team.

  • Jonathan India

    Prob Tues | probable

    India has been activated from the 10-day injured list due to an undisclosed injury, and he is likely to be in the lineup Tuesday versus the White Sox.

  • Shogo Akiyama

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Akiyama has been posted to the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain, and he will out of the lineup until the middle of May.

  • Jesse Winker

    Ques Sat | questionable

    Winker exited the previous game with back tightness, and it is unknown if he will be available for Saturday's tilt with the Cubs.

Chicago White Sox

  • Adam Eaton

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Eaton was held out of the last game with leg soreness, and it is unknown if he will be active against the Royals on Friday.

  • Luis Robert

    Early Sept | 10-day IL

    Robert is on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 3 right hip flexor strain, and he is expected to miss 12 to 16 weeks.

  • Adam Engel

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Engel has ended up on the 10-day injured list with a strained right hamstring, and it is projected that he will return to action by the middle of May.

  • Jace Fry

    Mid May | 10-day IL

    Fry has been posted to the 10-day injured list with a back injury, and he will be out of commission until the middle of May.

  • Garrett Crochet

    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Crochet has been moved to 10-day injured list with an upper-back strain, and team officials have yet to provide an exact return date.

  • Luis Robert

    Ques Tues | questionable

    Robert was lifted from the previous game due to a right leg injury, and it remains to be seen if he will be available for Tuesday's battle with the Reds.

  • Lance Lynn

    Prob Sat | probable

    Lynn has been activated from the 10-day injured list due to a strained right trapezius, and it is likely that he will be available to face Cleveland on Saturday.

  • Evan Marshall

    Ques Fri | questionable

    Marshall has missed the past three games due to a personal matter, and it is unknown if he will be available Friday versus the Indians.