Lackey dominates in Busch Stadium homecoming

 

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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.

For a complete look at Monday’s box score, click here.

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. 

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Cardinals beat Reds, set crosshairs on rival Cubs

 

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The St. Louis Cardinals beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in dramatic fashion Sunday afternoon. The win secured the third straight series victory in the young season. 

Michael Wacha pitched six innings in his second home start. Two errors allowed two runs to score, but overall Wacha had a good game. He got some good run support as well with home runs from Jedd Gyorko and Matt Carpenter.

On the day Yadier Molina received his 8th consecutive Gold Glove, and 4th Platinum Glove awards, his understudy Eric Fryer put on a show.

Fryer went 3-3 with two RBI, Sunday. He drove in the go-ahead run in the 8th inning and threw out a runner trying to steal second. He’s now 6-6 to start his Cardinals career.

Trevor Rosenthal picked up his third save of the season.

For a look at Sunday’s box score against the Reds, click here.

Now, the Cardinals will set their sights on the Chicago Cubs who will make the trip south for a three game set starting Monday.

The first pitching matchup of the series will see newcomer Mike Leake go up against former Cardinals pitcher, John Lackey. 

Leake has yet to get much going since signing with the Cardinals in the offseason. For Lackey, Monday will be his first game back at Busch Stadium since leaving for the rival Cubs along with outfielder Jason Heyward.