Jun 26, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox pitcher John Lackey (41) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Colorado Rockies at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

Rockies Horror Picture Show


For NL West Colorado this rare 2-game showing at the Fenway Theater was “The Rockies’ Horror Pitcher Show.”  The Rox pitchers were bled for 16 runs and tormented with 32 hits and John Lackey continued his string of quality starts with the Sox taking the finale 5-2 today.

Remarkably, the Sox, who in rank #7 in the AL with 85 HRs, failed to smash one; the Rox lead MLB with 99 HRs, as Mike Cuddyer lead off two innings with HRs [13], both with the bases empty and extended his consecutive game hit skein to 23.

Despite the two wins off the Rox, the Sox had their own pain in the neck today: staff ace Clay Buchholz may be heading to the DL, so, it’s a good to say:

Look out, Old Lackey is back!

Lackey continues to reassure that he has overcome last season’s TJ surgery by earning his 5th W and a 2.99 ERA through 13 starts with 17 walks in 71.1 innings.  Lackey had good command, 73 of his 98 pitches today, the majority heaters and sliders, were strikes; he did not issue a W.

“I feel pretty good, I threw the ball pretty good… I was able to locate some offspeed stuff and the fastball for the most part. I’ve been feeling pretty good for a while now. I’m just trying to pound the zone and throw strikes and try to get ground balls and get us as deep in the game as I can.” Lackey said prior to his start today.

Lackey has pitched well since the middle of May, posting a 2.42 ERA over his previous 7 starts. In his last start Lackey limited the Detroit Tigers, who lead MLB in BA [.283] to 2 runs over 7 innings. Today he tied his career high game K total with a dozen in his 7 innings of work, as significantly, he walked nobody.

“Reprise Roy” Oswalt, who signed with the Rockies on May 3 is now 0-2 with a 7.36 ERA.

Before the game he said: “I felt pretty well, but I’ve got to work on command with my offspeed pitches a little more…” Indeed.

Although he served up the second of Cuddyer’s HRs in the 8th, Tazawa got his 14th H and Boston closer du-jour Uehara shut out the Rox in the 9th for SV #2.

SOX-ROX BOX: http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2013_06_26_colmlb_bosmlb_1&mode=box

NEXT UP:

Jon Lester (7-4, 4.57 ERA) is expected to face Toronto’s Chien-Ming Wang (1-0, 2.18) tomorrow [Thursday].

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The Sox had double-digit hits for the 5th consecutive game. … Clay Buchholz, on the DL since June 9 with a neck strain, had to cut short a bullpen session. Manager John Farrell said he was expected to have an MRI. … Boston increased their MLB lead in doubles, adding 3 today for 175… The Sox activated RHP Clayton Mortensen from the 15-day DL after optioning RHP Pedro Beato to Triple-A a night earlier. Mortensen was sidelined since June 11 with a strained right groin…The teams are schedule meet again in Colorado on Sept. 24 and 25 for the Rockies’ final two home games of the season. …

MLB Matchup — Colorado at Boston

Colorado Rockies (39-39) at Boston Red Sox (46-33)

Game One Boston 11, Colorado 4
Game Two Wednesday, June 26th, 4:05 p.m.

Records

2013 Head-to-Head Record Boston 1-0 (0-0 at Col; 1-0 at Bos)
2012 Head-to-Head Record None
2011 Head-to-Head Record None
2010 Head-to-Head Record Colorado 2-1 (2-1 at Col; 0-0 at Bos)
2009 Head-to-Head Record None
2008 Head-to-Head Record None
2007 Head-to-Head Record Colorado 2-1 (0-0 at Col; 2-1 at Bos)
2006 Head-to-Head Record None
2005 Head-to-Head Record None
2004 Head-to-Head Record Colorado 2-1 (2-1 at Col; 0-0 at Bos)
2003 Head-to-Head Record None
2002 Head-to-Head Record Boston 2-1 (0-0 at Col; 2-1 at Bos)
2001 Head-to-Head Record None
Home Record Colorado 23-17; Boston 24-15
Away Record Colorado 16-22; Boston 22-18
Current Streak Colorado (L1); Boston (W1)
Record vs. American League Colorado 3-11
Record vs. National League Boston 3-2
All-Time Interleague Record Colorado 116-136; Boston 164-124

2013 Meetings

6/25 – Boston, 11-4 (at Bos – WP: Dempster; LP: Nicasio)

2010 Meetings

6/22 – Colorado, 2-1 (at Col – WP: J.Chacin; LP: Lester)
6/23 – Colorado, 8-6 (at Col – WP: Corpas; LP: Papelbon)
6/24 – Boston, 13-11 (10) (at Col – WP: Papelbon; LP: Street)

2007 Meetings

6/12 – Boston, 2-1 (at Bos – WP: Wakefield; LP: Cook)
6/13 – Colorado, 12-2 (at Bos – WP: Fogg; LP: Schilling)
6/14 – Colorado, 7-1 (at Bos – WP: Francis; LP: Beckett)

2004 Meetings

6/15 – Colorado, 6-3 (at Col – WP: Kennedy; LP: Arroyo)
6/16 – Colorado, 7-6 (at Col – WP: Jennings; LP: Schilling)
6/17 – Boston, 11-0 (at Col – WP: D.Lowe; LP: Cook)

2002 Meetings

6/10 – Boston, 7-3 (at Bos – WP: D.Lowe; LP: Neagle)
6/11 – Colorado, 3-1 (at Bos – WP: Jennings; LP: Fossum)
6/12 – Boston, 7-5 (at Bos – WP: Castillo; LP: Hampton)
Colorado last five games Boston last five games

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