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Just like the Red Sox front office drew it up in the offseason, staff ace John Lackey went eight innings and Koji Uehara locked down the save as 3B Brandon Snyder carried the offense in a 4-1 win over San Diego.
Lackey was the story. He gave up just one run (a solo homer that barely cleared the Monster) and one walk, yielding six runs across eight innings. His fastball had some serious velocity -- I saw it clocked at 96 once, not sure if it got higher -- and he was simply overpowering the Padres.
Lackey's ERA is now down to 2.81 on the season (1.32 at home), something unfathomable to Sox fans after three lackluster seasons in Boston. Our writing staff was high on Lackey coming into this season (one of our few good predictions, but that's a story for another time), but I don't think any of us could have foreseen this. I thought Lackey would at least earn the AAV of his contract -- now $12 million thanks to the extra year that's being triggered from the time he missed while injured. An average, healthy performance would basically warrant that these days.
But Lackey's been much more than average. Hope the manager of the All-Star team is taking notice, and ignoring his 6-5 record, which doesn't do him justice.
Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz, Jose Iglesias, and Jonny Gomes all had two-hit games, with Iglesias accounting for one RBI. Brandon Snyder got the other three RBI -- a double (in which he got thrown out at third) in the 4th that got the Sox on the board.
Koji provided a stress-free 9th, something that's been a rarity at Fenway this year. The Sox keep pushing ahead -- they're now 51-34 on the year. In other news, Bobby Valentine is kicking off a new era in Sacred Heart sports. Good luck with that, Bobby.
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In case someone had been locked in a cave over the past few months, I figured I would fill them in on some stats on John Lackey's recent success on the mound. Most casual fans who haven't payed much attention lately would probably call me a liar, because "John Lackey" and "success" in the same statement sounds outrageous. Yet...
If there are any John Lackey doubters remaining, the big right-hander silenced them once again Tuesday night.
Lackey was brilliant for the Red Sox, allowing a run on six hits and a walk over a season-high eight innings against the Padres. Koji Uehara sat San Diego down in order in the ninth, allowing Lackey to pick up his third win in his last four starts.
It was the fourth straight...
John Lackey was outstanding last night and I was fortunate enough to be there at Fenway to witness it. By now, whatever expectations (or fears) I had of Lackey going back to the wildly inconsistent pitcher we signed from the Angels were gone, especially after his 12-strikeout performance last week against the Rockies. What I didn't expect was what he did last night. Last night...
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Lackey takes the ball for the Red Sox (50-34) on Tuesday night after putting up some career numbers his last time out at Fenway Park. In his last start, on Wednesday, he went seven innings and struck...
Brandon Snyder hit a bases-loaded double and John Lackey struck out six over eight strong innings for the Boston Red Sox in a 4-1 win over the slumping San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Lackey (6-5) scattered six hits and walked just one while moving above .500 for the first time since late in 2011. Lackey has won four straight decisions and appears well-healed from the right biceps...
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FenwayNation PhotoWith Clay Buchholz still on the shelf (likely until after the All-Star Break), the Red Sox will send John Lackey, Jon Lester and young Allen Webster up against the San Diego Padres starting on Tuesday. After this series, Boston will embark on a long 10-game road trip to Anaheim (3 games), Seattle (4 games) and Oakland (3 games). This will carry them into the break...
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John Lackey is the ace of the 2013 Boston Red Sox. I would have laughed out loud if someone wrote that in April, but I am serious about it now....
Owners of the AL's best record, the Boston Red Sox aren't showing any signs of slowing down.
The Red Sox try to stay hot behind John Lackey as they open a three-game set against the visiting San Diego Padres on Tuesday night.
Leading the majors with 5.13 runs per game, Boston's 2012 last-place finish in the AL East has long since been forgotten. The Red Sox (50-34)...
Another month of the season has come and gone, but one thing remains the same: The Boston Red Sox are the American League’s best team. At 50-34 over halfway through the season, the Red Sox, who normally heat up during July and August, have a chance to propel themselves into the category of not only postseason bound, but World Series contender...
Note: Pitching matchups are subject to change
Tuesday, July 2 @ 7:10 PM
Robbie Erlin, LHP (1-0, 3.60) vs John Lackey, RHP (5-5, 2.99)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday Audio
Wednesday, July 3 @ 7:10 PM
Edinson Volquez, RHP (6-6, 5.50) vs Jon Lester, LHP (8-4, 4.61)
TV: NESN, MLB.tv
Radio: Red Sox Radio Network, MLB Gameday...
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Koji Uehara has been used a lot this season, so questions about his durability have always been brought up by the media. Those questions are sure to have increased after the team used him four times in five days as the team's new closer. When a reporter asked a question about it after the game on Sunday, he cut his translator off and said "Tomorrow...
After a day off on Monday and before they head to the left coast for what seems like an eternity, the Boston Red Sox will host the San Diego Padres in a three-game interleague set beginning tonight at historic Fenway Park.
First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. The game will be broadcast on NESN in the Red Sox television market. If you live in the Padres television market, you...
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It was another one of those "everyone hits" game, as 8 starting Sox' batters recorded two or more hits in the 8-2 victory over the Padres. The only one to record only one hit was Brandon Snyder, though it was a solo homer for his first of the season. So, we can excuse him for getting only one hit.
It will take all afternoon to breakdown...