John Lackey was stellar Monday night against the St. Louis Cardinals in his first start at Busch Stadium since signing with the Chicago Cubs in the offseason. He got some run support from the league’s second-highest scoring offense in a 5-0 shutout of his former team.
Lackey pitched a strong seven innings, striking out eleven and giving up just four hits en route to his third win of the young season.
Mike Leake had a solid outing besides giving up a solo home run to Dexter Fowler in the sixth. His performance was spoiled on a misread by Jeremy Hazelbaker on a ball that should have been caught in center, and an error by Aledmys Diaz.
Jason Heyward’s return to Busch Stadium wasn’t as welcoming as Lackey’s. He was greeted by deafening boos when he was announced for his first at-bat. Every time he made a good defensive play, he was jeered by Cardinal nation. He finished the night hitless, including a strikeout.
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Monday’s game was the first of 19 meetings this season between red and blue. The Cardinals will look to rebound Tuesday night when they send lefty Jaime Garcia to the mound. Garcia is coming off maybe the best performance of his career against Milwaukee. Garcia went the distance, giving up just one hit and striking out 13. Of the 27 outs recorded, the other 13 were ground ball outs.
The Cubs will send Jason Hammel to the mound in Tueday’s matchup. He’s posting just a 0.75 ERA in two starts.