Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Padres rain on Red Sox parade
For the second time this season the San Diego Padres found themselves playing a game delayed four times by rain. This time -- with a combined delay of two hours and 25 minutes, just under the game time played of two hours and 49 minutes -- the Padres prevailed as they defeated the Boston Red Sox, taking two of three in the series at Fenway.
San Diego won consecutive games for the first time since winning three straight from June 3-5. Boston lost consecutive games for the first time since its four-game losing streak back from May 29-June 1.
John Lackey allowed five earned runs in just 3⅓ innings pitched to see his ERA balloon all the way up to 7.36 for the season. That's the highest ERA by any starter this season with a minimum of 10 starts.
It's also the highest ERA by a Red Sox starter with 10 or more starts through the teams first 74 games played since Mickey Harris in 1948, who had a 7.66 ERA at that point in the season.
In the loss on Wednesday against the Padres Lackey struggled with his slider as three of his five hits allowed, including the home run to Will Venable to leadoff the game, came against a slider.
Lackey has relied on this pitch more often since joining Boston. Using pitch data from the last three seasons his slider percentage thrown has jumped from 11.6 in the season before joining the Red Sox to 16.5 percent in the two seasons since.
He has gotten fewer swings and misses with his slider the last two seasons as his miss percentage has dropped from 41.4 percent in 2009 to 30.7 percent since 2010 began.
Elsewhere around MLB:
• Kevin Correia picked up his ninth win of the season as the Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the Baltimore Orioles. He is the first Pirates pitcher with nine or more wins through the teams first 74 games of a season since Denny Neagle had 10 in the 1995 campaign.
It also set up a logjam of 11 pitchers tied for the major-league lead with nine wins. According to Elias, this is the first day since June 27, 1950 there will be nine or more players tied for the ML lead with exactly nine wins. Through games of that date the following 10 players were tied for the major league lead in wins: Joe Dobson, Ted Gray, Art Houtteman, Bob Lemon, Ed Lopat, Robin Roberts, Preacher Roe, Johnny Sain, Curt Simmons, and Warren Spahn.
• Jose Bautista homered in the Toronto Blue Jays loss to the Atlanta Braves. It was just his third home run in his past 28 games. He had hit 15 home runs in his previous 28 contests.