(BaseballStL) — Though it was overshadowed by late-game drama, John Lackey’s performance Thursday was a fine rebound.
After getting shelled by the Orioles over the weekend, The 35-year-old returned to Busch to put in a seven inning effort, walking away with just two runs allowed.
“I felt pretty good. I’m just trying to get used to the new league,” he said. “I gotta give Tony (Cruz) a lot of credit tonight. I kind of went with him, let him call the game. I’m pretty unfamiliar with that lineup, so he called a great game.”
The former Red Sox hurler struck out five and allowed five hits to match, tossing 110 pitches in a no decision.
It was his second time posting a seven inning, two-run effort at Busch and like his first start in his new home, the Cardinals prevailed.
Thursday’s success wasn’t a product of adjustment according to the former All Star. Coming off a loss that saw him surrender nine runs on 13 hits, Lackey said he simply just got back on the horse.
“I’ve had my butt kicked several times in this league. I’m ok with getting past that and competing again,” he said. “I’ve been doing this way too long to make many adjustments. I kind of am who I am, I’m going to come get you again.”
Against the Padres it was his off speed stuff that did the trick, something he hasn’t had a feel for of late.
“Breaking pitches were better today than they were last start. I think I’m pretty close to getting comfortable and getting on a good run hopefully,” he said.
Lackey emphasized that Cruz was in control of the pitch selection all night, something that may have led to a higher-than-normal breaking pitch total.
“He’s got a good curveball and a good slider so we tried to use those pitches tonight,” Cruz said. “He executed his pitches. He made good pitches for the most part all night and it kept them off balance.“
With his outing, the righty’s ERA falls below four to 3.98 on the season.