Cubs’ Lackey Fans 11 In First Outing Against Cardinals
On Monday night at Busch Stadium, RHP John Lackey made his first start against his former team the St. Louis Cardinals as a member of the division rival Chicago Cubs.
Lackey worked seven strong shutout innings against the Cards, allowing just four hits while walking just one and striking out an impressive eleven batters.
With the 5-0 win, the thirty-seven year old advanced to 3-0 and has now become the sixteenth pitcher in MLB history to have a win against all thirty teams in Major League Baseball. Other pitchers on the list include: Al Leiter, Barry Zito, Randy Johnson, A.J. Burnett and Tim Hudson.
In December 2015, Lackey signed a two-year deal with the Chicago Cubs worth $32 million.
The Cubs got on the board in the sixth inning when Dexter Fowler hit his third inning of the season on a line drive to center field off of the Cardinals’ Mike Leake.
Leake was also making one of his first starts with his new team the Cardinals. He however, is having a rough start to the season, currently (0-2) so far.
In the seventh inning, the Cubs tagged three more runs off of Leake, one being a RBI single by Lackey.
Lackey is proving to be a valuable addition to the Cubs’ rotation, who although made it to the NLCS in 2015, seemed to be missing a necessary part to their rotation and two weeks into the season, it seems they may have found it.
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