When a pitcher comes back from Tommy John surgery, getting back to normal is not always easy. In November of this past year Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey had reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Last night Lackey threw for three innings without allowing a run, as the Red Sox beat Puerto Rico’s World Baseball Classic team 4-3.
Lackey was definitely tested last night going up against some tough hitters. During the game he threw to Irving Falu, Alex Rios, Carlos Beltran, Yadier Molina, Mike Aviles and Angel Pagan. This bodes well for the Red Sox starting pitcher to not only be tested by players in the league, but it provides Lackey with a great deal of confidence as he prepares for the regular season.
Red Sox manager John Farrell was pleased with Lackey’s performance on the mound and others on the team especially when he saw Will Middlebrooks hit a home run off of Puerto Rico pitcher Nelson Figueroa to take an early lead in the game.
Clayton Mortensen relived Lackey in the fourth and let Puerto Rico back into the game by allowing three runs. Clayton did pitch better in his next two innings where Puerto Rico did not score at all.
Boston’s Mike Napoli’s bat came alive when he hit a home run to make the game closer. Later on in the game Ryan Lavarnway and Mitch Maier hit back to back doubles which ended up giving Boston the lead for good. Andrew Bailey pitched well in the ninth inning for the Red Sox as he struck out two batters and did not give up any runs to have the Red Sox hold on to the lead and win the game.