Tagged: John Lackey

Brewers fall to Red Sox, lose Marcum to injury, send Herrera packing

Shaun Marcum left after one inning and the Milwaukee Brewers dropped their Interleague opener to the Boston Red Sox 10-4 at Fenway Park Friday evening. Marcum threw 44 pitches but allowed only two runs. He didn’t return for the second frame, leaving with a strained left hip flexor. The Red Sox lost left fielder Carl Crawford to an apparent hamstring injury after he legged out an infield single in the bottom of the first; third baseman Kevin Youkilis was also replaced in the fifth inning due to a stomach illness. However the Brew Crew couldn’t take advantage, as John Lackey settled down after a shaky start to retire the final fifteen batters he faced, giving Boston their 12th win in their last 13 games. Brewers left-handed reliever Danny Herrera was designated for assignment after another horrendous outing, allowing four hits, four runs (three earned) and one walk in an innings work, ballooning his ERA to 21.60. Milwaukee looks to end their feebleness at Fenway when they send lefty Randy Wolf (4-4, 3.20 ERA) to the mound to face off against fellow southpaw Jon Lester (9-2, 3.73 ERA).

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Brewers (39-31) vs Red Sox (41-27)

Here we go – under the lights at Fenway Park to begin an arduous fifteen-game stretch against a who’s who of the American League. The first test is tonight versus former long-time Angel John Lackey. Lackey’s nowhere near the pitcher he was back in 2007 when he posted an AL-best 3.01 ERA, leading the Angels to a 94-68 record and finishing third in AL Cy Young balloting. Nevertheless, he possesses a hard sinking fastball and could give Brewer bats problems if his command is sharp. Milwaukee gives the nod to Shaun Marcum in the opener of this three-game set. The Brewers righty is no stranger to the Red Sox having played in the loaded AL East up til this season. In his career, Marcum is 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA against Boston in 16 appearances (11 starts). Lackey has never faced Milwaukee. Now onto the lineups for game #71 of the 2011 season.

Milwaukee Brewers – Shaun Marcum (7-2, 2.68 ERA)

2B Rickie Weeks (.290/13 HR/31 RBI)

CF Nyjer Morgan (.333/1 HR/9 RBI)

LF Ryan Braun (.312/15 HR/51 RBI)

DH Prince Fielder (.297/19 HR/59 RBI)

3B Casey McGehee (.230/4 HR/28 RBI)

RF Corey Hart (.284/6 HR/19 RBI)

1B Mark Kotsay (.252/0 HR/9 RBI)

C Jonathan Lucroy (.274/6 HR/31 RBI)

SS Craig Counsell (.221/0 HR/3 RBI)

Boston Red Sox – John Lackey (4-5, 7.41 ERA)

CF Jacoby Ellsbury (.314/7 HR/33 RBI)

2B Dustin Pedroia (.262/5 HR/29 RBI)

1B Adrian Gonzalez (.347/14 HR/61 RBI)

3B Kevin Youkilis (.254/10 HR/45 RBI)

DH David Ortiz (.314/17 HR/44 RBI)

LF Carl Crawford (.240/6 HR/31 RBI)

SS Marco Scutaro (.278/1 HR/10 RBI)

RF J.D. Drew (.225/4 HR/16 RBI)

C Jason Varitek (.229/3 HR/13 RBI)