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John Lackey was the tough-luck loser in the Red Sox 2-0 loss to the
Astros at Minute Maid Park Monday night. Tweaking the specifics – team,
score, venue -- that sentence could be written about Lackey several
times this season. The right-hander fell to 7-9 with a 3.21 ERA.
He went six innings, plus two batters in the seventh, giving up two
runs on eight hits with two walks and 10 strikeouts, two shy of his
season high. Lackey entered this game with a run support lower
than every Sox starter except for Brandon Workman and Jake Peavy, who
have four combined starts between them. With the Sox offense getting
shut out by Brett Oberholtzer, Lackey’s support fell to 4.07 in his 20
starts. “I thought John threw a great game,” said catcher Jarrod
Saltalamacchia. “Kept us in there the whole game. We just didn’t score
any runs for him.” As has been the case on several occasions
this season. Lackey has allowed two or fewer runs in 12 of his 20
starts, posting 14 quality starts. But of the eight times the Sox have
been shut out this season, four have been with Lackey starting,
including three of his last six outings.
CSNNE.com: Lackey once again lacks run support in loss
What was the over/under for runs scored for the Red Sox offense prior to the game last night? Six? Seven maybe? It's pretty hard to believe that any team could be shutout by the Astros, let alone this Red Sox team.
But let's give credit where credit is due; Brett Oberholtzer was pretty darn good last night. Also, this is a young, losing team playing in front of their home crowd versus one of the best teams in the American League. To them this is their ALCS, so their going to bust their asses.
Knuckleballer Steven Wright takes the mound for the Sox tonight, and as we all know, the knuckle could dance either way. It wouldn't shock me if the Sox dropped another one tonight.
Rest of the links:
Globe: Red Sox offense silenced by Astros | Globe: Red Sox digest news about MLB suspensions | Globe: Red Sox pitcher Steven Wright to get first start | Herald: Worst that can happen | Herald: Tough night for Lackey | WEEI.com: Jonny Gomes: 'Doesn't make much sense that A-Rod is still playing' | WEEI.com: Sox bats quiet in 2-0 loss to Astros | ProJo: There's plenty of joy to go around | ProJo: Steven Wright's stuff will be on display on Tuesday