Lackey fires complete game to beat M’s
Lackey tossed a five-hitter for his first complete game of the season,
Lackey (10-7) struck out seven and walked one, finishing in 115 pitches to help the
Suzuki was 0 for 4 and still needs four hits to reach the 200 mark for the ninth consecutive season, which would break the major league mark he shares with Willie Keeler. He was 1 for 14 in the series with three strikeouts.
Suzuki has 26 career hits against Lackey, tied with
“He’s a great hitter, so you’ve got to show him a lot of different things,” Lackey said. “You can expand the zone a little bit on him, for sure. He likes to swing and he doesn’t take a lot of walks, so there’s ways around it.”
Suzuki has struck out three times only once in his last 432 games with at least three official at-bats. The only blemish during that stretch was at Anaheim on Sept. 23, 2007 – when Lackey fanned him twice and
“You don’t see Ichiro striking out twice like that,” Seattle manager Don Wakamatsu said. “But you tip your cap to Lackey. He’s done it for a number of years now. His velocity was up from last time and he had a great feel for his curveball, as evidenced with Ichiro.”
Four of Lackey’s eight career shutouts have come against the
“The best way to stay on a roll is not to analyze this one too much and get ready for the next one,” Lackey said. “It’s not going to matter much in Boston when I show up in five days. You’ve just got to keep going.”
In Rowland-Smith’s last four starts, opposing starters have allowed one run over 32 innings.
Rowland-Smith worked with runners on base in every inning except the second, inducing double-play grounders by
“This game and this series meant just as much to us as it did to them,” Wakamatsu said after the
No pitcher has struck out Suzuki three times in the same game since Boston’s