When White Sox designated hitter Dayan Viciedo knocked a home run 425 feet into the left-field stands against the Indians on Monday at U.S. Cellular Field, he provided teammate Jose Quintana with some needed relaxation on Memorial Day.
Viciedo’s three-run homer allowed Quintana to pitch with the lead from the third inning, and the left-hander took advantage by earning his third victory of the season as the Sox topped the Indians 6-2.
“I felt relaxed,” Quintana said of his reaction to the home run. “I’m so happy with the support of runs. It was a close game.”
Viciedo’s fifth homer of the season — one of which was another three-run shot against the Indians — came with two outs after Marcus Semien reached on a fielding error and Conor Gillaspie singled. Viciedo also added a single and a run scored in the sixth, and Sox manager Robin Ventura said afterward that he has become a better hitter by working through his at-bats.
“It’s a credit to the work,” Viciedo said through a team interpreter. “It doesn’t happen just like that. We’ve been working a lot, and I feel like the biggest thing is to make the adjustment. When you don’t do good in one at-bat, then you come back and fix the problem. Concentration is one of the biggest things at-bat to at-bat, and having a plan.”
Gillaspie continued his strong start to the season by collecting a career-high four hits, including three doubles. His second double of the day led off the Sox’s two-run sixth against Indians starter Josh Tomlin, and he also had an RBI double in the seventh. Gillaspie upped his batting average to a team-high .352.
“This is the second or third time that I’ve seen a lot of these guys, so it’s just knowing kind of what to expect or what guys like to do in certain spots,” Gillaspie said. “Truthfully it was just one of those days. A couple of times they threw it right in the spot I was looking.”
Quintana lasted six innings, allowing two earned runs on five hits, walking two and striking out five. Ventura said he would like Quintana be more efficient so he can go deeper into games. Jake Petricka, Zach Putnam and Scott Downs combined for three scoreless innings to help Quintana keep the victory.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead on Michael Brantley’s RBI single in the third. Quintana walked one and gave up a single before Brantley hit to the gap between Sox left fielder Alejandro De Aza and shortstop Alexei Ramirez. De Aza couldn’t get to the ball in time, and the Indians scored for the lead.
After Viciedo’s homer pushed the Sox ahead 3-1, the Indians’ Ryan Raburn cut the Sox lead to 3-2 in the sixth. After Brantley walked, Raburn hit an RBI single to right field.
“That was good when we were able to score three runs and (Quintana could) just pitch freely,” Viciedo said. “We know he’s a guy that he does his job regardless. It’s definitely good to provide for him and give him some support.”