Former Midwest League hurler John Lackey reached a pair of major-league pitching milestones Monday as the Chicago Cubs righty turned in a dominant performance over one of his former teams, the St. Louis Cardinals.
Lackey gave up four hits and struck out 11 batters in seven innings, and also drove in a run in Chicago’s 5-0 win. He improved to 3-0 with a 3.66 ERA in three starts this season.
Lackey now has logged 2,501 MLB innings, tying him with former hurler Steve Trachsel for 245th on the all-time innings pitched list. Cy Young is the all-time leader with 7,356 innings.
By beating the Cardinals, Lackey also became only the 16th pitcher to beat all 30 MLB teams. Of course, that feat has been possible only since 1998, when the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays joined the big leagues. (In case you’re wondering, the other 15 pitchers to beat all 30 teams are Al Leiter, Randy Johnson, Barry Zito, A.J. Burnett, Kevin Brown, Terry Mulholland, Curt Schilling, Woody Williams, Jamie Moyer, Javier Vazquez, Vicente Padilla, Derek Lowe, Dan Haren, Kyle Lohse and Tim Hudson.)
Lackey made five starts for the Cedar Rapids Kernels as an Anaheim Angels prospect in 2000. He went 3-2 with a 2.08 ERA, 21 strikeouts and five walks in 30.1 innings.