John Lackey allowed just four hits in seven innings from the mound as the Los Angeles Angels went on to defeat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 in their opening ALDS matchup. Knowing he hadn’t earned a post-season win since 2002 going into yesterday’s game, Lackey was more than happy to finally help his squad in October. “Even in the bullpen, I knew my arm was feeling good,” he said. “The extra rest that I had really helped me out. I really felt like my arm was pretty live tonight. Our fans get dogged for not being loud enough, but they brought it tonight, and that ovation I got coming off the mound meant a lot to me.”
Jon Lester for the Red Sox let up three runs from one big mistake in his five innings pitched. The flaw in his outing came in the fifth when he left a fast ball right over the plate for Torii Hunter to smash over the center field wall. The three run jack scored Erick Aybar and Bobby Abreu.
Game 2 is scheduled for October 9th. Red Sox ace Josh Becket will be taking the mound against the 16-8 Jered Weaver. Don’t miss the chance to see your Red Sox when they come back around to Fenway Park! ALDS tickets are available now!