Boston Red Sox: Colorado Rockies

Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 5, Rockies 3

June, 26, 2013

BOSTON -- There was a time, not long ago, when you figured about the only way the names of John Lackey and Pedro Martinez would appear in the same sentence is if they got in a fender bender on one of Martinez's infrequent visits to the ballpark.

Not like this: Lackey striking out 12, matching his career high, while walking none in Boston's 5-3 win over the Colorado Rockies, a performance that put Lackey in the company of Pedro and a select few other Sox pitchers.

Lackey became just the sixth Sox pitcher since at least 1916 to strike out at least a dozen batters while issuing no walks. Martinez did it 10 times and Roger Clemens six, a list that includes Clemens's 20-K performance against the Tigers in 1996.

The other Sox pitchers to accomplish the feat were Hideo Nomo, Bruce Hurst and Jim Lonborg.

Lackey also became the seventh pitcher in the big leagues this season to have a 12-K-plus, no-walk game. The last was Eric Stults of the Padres on May 29.

Lackey's importance to the staff has become magnified since Clay Buchholz went on the shelf with injuries to his AC joint and neck, and he has stepped up in a big way. In his past eight starts dating to May 19, Lackey is 4-1 with an earned run average of 2.44. In his dozen starts overall, he has allowed more than three earned runs just twice.

He gave up a run in the first on a broken-bat dribbler by Carlos Gonzalez, stolen base and single by Wilin Rosario, and another in the sixth on a home run by Michael Cuddyer, who also homered off reliever Junichi Tazawa in the eighth.

The Sox, as they did in Tuesday's 11-4 win over the Rockies, jumped on a Colorado starter early, scoring all five runs by the time Roy Oswalt recorded the first out in the third, Daniel Nava's sacrifice fly.

Jacoby Ellsbury doubled for the fifth straight game to open the first and scored on Shane Victorino's single, one of three hits by the Sox right fielder. David Ortiz doubled him home and scored on Daniel Nava's base hit off the second base bag.

Singles by Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, Mike Napoli and Nava's sacrifice fly made it 5-1 in the third.

Jose Iglesias's streak of reaching base in 27 games with a plate appearance ended Thursday as he went hitless in four trips.

Koji Uehara recorded the save in his first opportunity since being named closer.

Rockies 2, Sox 1

June, 22, 2010
DENVER -- A funny thing happened on the way to a Red Sox rendezvous with Ubaldo Jimenez, the irresistible force versus the immovable object.

The Sox were waylaid not by Dominican right-hander Jimenez -- he pitches Wednesday -- but by 22-year-old Venezuelan rookie right-hander Jhoulys Chacin, who combined with three Rockies relievers to beat the Sox, 2-1, before a sellout crowd of 48,112 in Coors Field.

The Sox averted their fourth shutout of the season when Adrian Beltre doubled and scored on Mike Cameron’s broken-bat single through the left side. Terry Francona sent two pinch-hitters to the plate in an effort to win it. Bill Hall batted for left-handed Josh Reddick because he was batting .500 against reliever Matt Belisle. He flied out to right.

The game came down to Mike Lowell, who hadn’t appeared in a game in nine days and has 16 at-bats in a month. Lowell was MVP of the 2007 World Series, when the Sox swept the Rockies in four straight. This time he hit a smash to the shortstop hole, but shortstop Clint Barmes made a diving stop and threw him out.

Boston’s six-game winning streak came to an end. They had averaged just under seven runs a game in their previous 10 games (69).

Jon Lester, who hadn’t lost in 10 starts dating to April 23 (8-0, two no-decisions), took the loss, his night cut short when he was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh with two outs and the bases loaded. David Ortiz grounded out to second against lefty Joe Beimel to end the threat.

The Sox also left the bases loaded in the third, when Victor Martinez grounded out to second against Chacin, who in 2008 led the minor leagues in wins with 18 and can throw four pitches, including a nasty change-up. The Sox had two singles and two walks in the inning but failed to score, as Mike Cameron, who led off the inning with a base hit, was cut down on his first stolen-base attempt of the season.

Colorado’s only run off Lester came in the fifth on a walk, single and two-out base hit by Rockies graybeard Todd Helton. They added a run in the eighth on three hits, the last two a pop-fly into short center and a bad-hop single over the head of shortstop Marco Scutaro.

Report: Sox scouting Rockies catcher

May, 21, 2010
PHILADELPHIA -- The Denver Post reported the Red Sox are tracking the Triple-A progress of catcher Chris Iannetta in case the Colorado Rockies make him available.

Iannetta, a native of Providence, signed a three-year extension with the Rockies worth $8.35 million last offseason and he’s spent the majority of this season at Triple-A. He’s played a total of eight games with Colorado and 15 with Colorado Springs.

A baseball source with knowledge of the report tells that there’s nothing going on.