Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Lackey Dominates GoopGate II; Sox Win, 5-1

(Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
If you're the Yankees, you have to hope that Michael Pineda is just a naive kid. If not, he's one of the dumbest players in MLB history. After getting exposed for blatant pine tar use on his hands in his last start against the Red Sox, Pineda decided to tempt fate and slather the junk on his neck this time. John Farrell did not play Mr. Nice Guy a second time—asking the home plate umpire to check for goopage. A few moments later, Pineda was history—ejected for using a foreign substance. Unfortunately this buffoonery overshadowed a brilliant effort by John Lackey—who went eight innings giving up just one earned run while striking out 11 in the 5-1 Boston win. The offense was keyed by Mike Napoli's three hits and a tone-setting triple to lead off the game by Grady Sizemore. Dustin Pedroia was 2 for 5 with an RBI as well. Lackey became only the fourth Red Sox pitcher in 100 years to strike out at least ten Yankees while walking none. The other three? Only Pedro Martinez, Luis Tiant and Jim Lonborg.