Lackey allowed three runs on six hits and two walks over four innings in a no-decision Friday against Milwaukee. Lackey failed to complete the fifth inning for the second consecutive start. He was undone by back-to-back home runs off the bats of Stephen Vogt and Brett Phillips in the second inning and needed 77 pitches to get just 12 outs. Lackey's ERA sits at 4.67 and we should expect the Cubs to keep a short leash on him whenever he appears from here on out.
Lackey was ejected in the top of the fifth inning Friday against the Cardinals after giving up two runs on three hits and two walks while striking out four in 4.2 innings. Home plate umpire Jordan Baker failed to make a blatant strike three call and then Carlos Martinez laced the next pitch for an RBI single. Lackey then stormed to home plate, livid, and was tossed, along with catcher Willson Contreras. While Contreras likely faces a suspension after he bounced his face mask and it hit Baker in the leg, Lackey may not suffer any further punishment, despite the demonstrative nature of his tirade. The Cubs were losing 2-1 at the time of the ejection, so Lackey may wind up with the loss.
Lackey (11-11) allowed two runs on four hits and two walks and struck out nine over seven innings but still took the loss Friday to the Brewers. Lackey managed to complete consecutive quality starts for the first time since June 18 and June 23 against the Marlins and Pirates respectively. It wasn't enough to earn the win, though, as Jimmy Nelson and the Brewers bullpen combined for a shutout. Still, this return to form has to be encouraging for the Cubs, who watched Lackey allow 10 earned runs over 10 innings in his last two starts of August.
Lackey (11-10) picked up the win against the Braves on Friday, allowing three hits over seven scoreless innings while striking out five. It was the veteran's longest outing since June 2, and the first time he hasn't walked a batter since July 5. Lackey's 4.74 ERA is still a huge step back from last year's performance, but he'll continue filling out the back of the Cubs rotation down the stretch, with his next start coming Thursday in Pittsburgh.
Lackey (10-10) allowed four runs on six hits and one walk across five innings while taking the loss Sunday against the Phillies. He struck out eight. Lackey faded as his pitch count climbed in this one, allowing all four runs on his ledger in the fifth inning on three hits, an error, a walk and a pair of wild pitches. Though in line for the win much of the game, Lackey received no run support after the first inning and was resigned to his 10th loss of the season. He delivered a solid, if unspectacular, string of starts into mid-August, but the veteran has now allowed 10 earned runs over 10 innings in his last two starts to raise his ERA back to a disappointing 4.98. Lackey will look to get back on track Friday against the Braves.
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