Saturday's Red Sox-Orioles Game 2 matchups: John Lackey vs. Ubaldo Jimenez

July 05, 2014 - 11:19 am
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The Red Sox wrap up Saturday's day-night doubleheader against the Orioles at Fenway Park when they send John Lackey to the mound against Ubaldo Jimenez. After a run of six straight quality starts, Lackey (9-5, 3.62 ERA) has slipped in his last two outings. The right-hander has surrendered 11 earned runs in his last 8 2/3 innings, spiking his ERA from 2.96 to 3.62. Fortunately for Lackey, he got the necessary run support to overshadow a tough night a Yankee Stadium last Sunday. He gave up five runs (four earned) in five innings, but the Sox offense came alive in an 8-5 win. Two of the six hits Lackey allowed were solo home runs to Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran in the fourth inning. He walked one and struck out two. "When you're a strike-thrower, you can almost, when you're not throwing precisely, you can almost throw too many strikes," Lackey said after the game. "Guys kind of jumped on me early in counts when I wasn't locating exactly and took advantage of it." Saturday will be Lackey's third start of the season against the Orioles. He has a 6.35 ERA in 11 1/3 innings vs. Baltimore in 2014, and was especially bad in his most recent outing against the O's on April 18. He gave up six runs, 10 hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings in an 8-4 loss at Fenway Park. Lackey is 14-6 with a 3.55 ERA in 25 career starts against the Orioles. Jimenez (3-8, 4.31 ERA) is coming off his best start of the season Monday against the Rangers and has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. The righty held the Rangers to one unearned run over eight innings to lead Baltimore to a 7-1 victory. He gave up four hits, one walk and had seven strikeouts in the win. "There's no doubt about it. I know it's been really tough for me in the first half, but I have a lot of confidence, a lot of faith, that things are going to change," Jimenez said after the game. "They changed before. So, I understand that. I always come in every day with a positive mind. That things are going to change." Jimenez has already faced the Red Sox twice this season, but both starts came during a stretch in April in which he went 0-4 with a 6.59 ERA. He took a no-decision in last outing against the Sox, allowing three runs, four hits and three walks in 5 1/3 innings in a 6-5 Red Sox win. Jimenez has had a particularly rough career against the Red Sox, going 1-3 with a 9.31 ERA in six career starts. Orioles vs. John Lackey (RHP) Nick Markakis (67 plate appearances): .344 AVG/.403 OBP/.475 SLG, 1 triple, 6 doubles, 5 RBIs, 5 walks, 12 strikeouts Adam Jones (50): .250/.260/.479, 3 HR, 1 triples, 7 RBIs, 1 walk, 14 strikeouts Chris Davis (38): .324/.395/.588, 2 HR, 3 doubles, 6 RBIs, 4 walks, 9 strikeouts Nelson Cruz (36): .273/.333/.394, 1 HR, 1 double, 7 RBIs, 2 walks, 12 strikeouts J.J. Hardy (26): .174/.269/.174, 1 RBI, 3 walks, 5 strikeouts Delmon Young (22): .350/.409/.400, 1 double, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts David Lough (7): .167/.286/.167, 1 RBI, 1 walk Ryan Flaherty (5): .000/.000/.000, 2 strikeouts Nick Hundley (5): .200/.200/.400, 1 double, 1 strikeout Jonathan Schoop (3): .667/.667/.667 Red Sox vs. Jimenez (RHP) Stephen Drew (41 plate appearances): .265 AVG/.375 OBP/.471 SLG, 1 HR, 4 doubles, 2 RBIs, 6 walks, 5 strikeouts A.J. Pierzynski (22): .182/.182/.409, 1 HR, 2 doubles, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Jonny Gomes (20): .389/.450/.944, 3 HR, 1 double, 8 RBIs, 2 walks, 5 strikeouts Dustin Pedroia (17): .438/.471/.500, 1 double, 4 RBIs, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts Daniel Nava (12): .300/.417/.600, 3 doubles, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 4 strikeouts David Ortiz (12): .200/.333/.500, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Mike Napoli (10): .444/.500/1.222, 2 HR, 1 double, 3 RBIs, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts (5): .667/.800/.667, 2 walks, 1 strikeout David Ross (3): .000/.333/.000, 1 RBI, 1 walk Brock Holt has a walk and a strikeout in two career plate appearances.

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