It only took six and half hours, and but the Boston Red Sox completed an impressive three-game sweep on the road against the Minnesota Twins. The star of the game was none other than their highest paid pitcher, John Lackey.
I am extremely happy to say that I was wrong about Lackey. I assumed that he was done. I had zero faith in him coming to this season. I thought management was making a stupid move by not buying him out. After an injury from the his first start of the season kept him out until late April, Lackey has proven that he can be a trusted part of the rotation.
Tonight was his best outing of the year. Through six innings, he was borderline dominant. He allowed one hit and no walks over six innings, striking out five. Unfortunately, it rained on his parade, and the lengthy delay put a return to the mound in the seventh inning out of the question.
Dustin Pedroia had Lackey’s back as well. The heart and soul of the Red Sox hit a two-run smash in the ninth to put the game out of reach. Junichi Tazawa came on in the bottom of the ninth and found himself in trouble with two men on base and none out. However, he got himself out of trouble by striking out the next two batters he saw, before inducing a groundout to end the game.
Lackey picked up his second win of the season, and the Red Sox won their fifth in a row. I can’t believe I’m admitting this, but I’m starting to believe in John Lackey.
What do you think? Is this what the Red Sox can expect more of in the future? Feel free to share your thoughts to keep the conversation going.
Aidan Kearney also writes for his own blog aidanfromworcester.com. Follow him on Twitter @aidanfromworc and on Facebook @Aidan FromWorcester.