Without doubt, John Lackey has become the Red Sox "hard luck" pitcher.
He pitched a beauty last night, allowed just three hits in eight innings, but one was a two-run home run by Hanley Ramirez in the fourth inning. And that's all the LA Dodgers needed to win the first game of the weekend series, 2-0.
Lackey was great, but Ricky Nolasco was even better, allowing the Red Sox just two hits.
The other two LA hits were by Carl (I Can't Shut Up About My Days In Boston And Move On) Crawford.
Lackey has gotten the least run support of any Red Sox starter. The last time the Sox were shut out was earlier this month in Houston, another 2-0 loss. And who pitched that night? Yep, Mr. Lackey.
I was hoping for just one win in LA. Two more chances to get it this weekend.
The Dodgers have now won 46 of their last 56 games. Exactly what deal with the devil did they make on June 22nd to go on a run like this?
Tampa Bay beat New York so the Sox and Rays are tied atop the AL East this morning. I have no problem with the Rays beating the Yankees, as soon as New York is gone the better.