Video: John Lackey strikes out 11 Yankees over 8 innings

Jared Wickerham

It was overshadowed by the pine tar incident, but John Lackey was phenomenal against the Yankees.

Lost in the ejection of Michael Pineda on Wednesday night was the brilliance of Red Sox starter John Lackey. Over eight innings, he gave up just one run to the Yankees while striking out 11 without walking anyone, showing off Koji Uehara-esque pitch efficiency in the process. It was the perfect time for the both the Sox and Lackey, too, considering they've both had a recent string of poor starts holding them back.

For the Sox, it was having both Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester hit hard and often early in games that resulted in losses. With Lackey, it was two sub-par starts that came after a pair of appearances that are more like what the Sox were hoping for from the 35-year-old veteran. While he dominated his first two times out, Lackey allowed four homers and six runs to the Yankees the last time he faced them, then another six runs to the Orioles in the subsequent start. Outside of those two games, though, he's given up just one other home run and three runs total.

He might not always be as dominant as he was on Wednesday, but he's sure to be better than he was during his brief, two-start hiccup as well. There's little reason to believe he'll be anything besides an above-average pitcher who can give the Sox around 200 innings, especially another year removed from Tommy John surgery, and his dominant outing serves the additional purpose of reminding us that, just because Buchholz and Lester looked awful in their latest starts doesn't mean all hope is lost.

It's April, and any failures are going to stick out more than they should, especially while the Sox are in a bit of a rut. Performances like Lackey's on Wednesday will be noticed regardless of when they happen on the schedule, though: the Sox could use a few more of them to close out the month in order to get back on track as the lineup starts to get healthy.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Join Over the Monster

You must be a member of Over the Monster to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Over the Monster. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9351_tracker