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John Lackey ties career high with 12 strikeouts in win

Jun 26, 2013, 8:10 PM EDT

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Turning in yet another impressive performance, John Lackey matched his career high with 12 strikeouts while pitching seven innings of two-run ball in the Red Sox’s 5-3 win over the Rockies on Wednesday.

It was the third straight start in which Lackey has pitched seven innings and given up two runs. He’s turned in quality starts in seven of his last eight outings.

Lackey matched his career high in strikeouts established back in 2008, when he was still with the Angels. It was his 14th career 10-strikeout game, but his first since 2010.

Lackey became the 10th pitcher this year to strike out at least 12 and walk none in a start, joining Clayton Kershaw, Felix Hernandez, Matt Harvey and others. Yu Darvish has done it twice. In 2011, there were just six such outings of 12 strikeouts and no walks over the course of the season. In 2006, there were three.

The last Red Sox hurler to pull off the feat was Pedro Martinez in 2003.

  1. redsoxchamp11 - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:27 PM

    lackey haters?? hello? ::crickets::

  2. tfbuckfutter - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:46 PM

    Stop being such a jerk, Lackey!

    God. Either be good, or be terrible, but stop being both.

    I get enough of that from the Red Sox as a whole.

    And I kind of want to keep hating you.

  3. theskinsman - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    The Rodney Dangerfield of the Red Sox staff.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

      Totally.

      You know, if Rodney Dangerfield had been a pretty good comedian for awhile, and then turned into Dane Cook for an extended period of time, and then started showing signs of being pretty good again.

  4. asimonetti88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:19 PM

    If she made $21,846 at $81/hr, she would have worked 269 hours, or 11 hours a day 7 days a week.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:03 PM

      I love when a comment is deleted but not the Reply.

      I hope that happens here too.

      • asimonetti88 - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:49 PM

        It appears as if that is what happened.

  5. chill1184 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:30 PM

    Lackey has the will to win

  6. aaronzona2011 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    If Lackey keeps pitching like this he can divorce as many women battling cancer as he wants.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:03 PM

      He can do that anyway.

      This is America.

      He can even divorce guys battling Cancer too according to those bozos in Washington!

  7. 13arod - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    12 strikeouts a career high that is low

  8. aceshigh11 - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Look, the dude is working his ASS off to erase the awfulness of the last few years. Why can’t people respect that?

    Despite how much fans and the Boston media love to hate the guy, by all accounts, he’s very well-liked in the clubhouse.

    As long as he’s pitching well, that’s all I care about.

    • 18thstreet - Jun 27, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      He looks like such a jerk on the mound. Every time a grounder gets past one of his fielders, he starts throwing a little tantrum. I’m amazed the guy is well-liked.

  9. rocket621 - Jun 27, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    What is it with the Lackey haters? Ignorance? He was hurt in 2011 and according to the late Dr. Yokum, he should never have been pitching. Yokum performed Tommy John surgery on him and he rehabs in 2012. He is getting stronger and will be as good if not better in the second half. He is a bulldog.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jun 27, 2013 at 3:03 PM

      Haters just hate. Lackey could win the cy young award and they would still hate.

      I think haters have small brains.

  10. moogro - Jun 27, 2013 at 2:53 AM

    It probably helped that he lost all that weight.

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    • abaird2012 - Jun 27, 2013 at 8:38 AM

      Speaking of Lackeys, can HBTget some intern to go through the comment sections and erase these things? They piss me off.

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