He’ll try to continue proving that he’s among the best starters in the NL when San Diego resumes a four-game series with the visiting Colorado Rockies.
Lawrence, who has won at least 10 games in each of his three full seasons as a starter for the Padres, pitched eight brilliant innings in Monday’s 2-1 victory over Clemens and the Houston Astros on Monday. The right-hander yielded one run and five hits, while striking out three and walking three, to reach the 10-win mark in only 18 starts.
“It’s something growing up and watching this guy, being from Texas myself and knowing where he came from, and doing the things he’s done, it’s almost an honor to be able to go up against a guy like that,” Lawrence said of his duel with Clemens.
“To come out on the winning side, and knowing you battled with one of the best ever, it was awesome.”
But Clemens will likely start for the NL on Tuesday in Houston, while Lawrence is getting a three-day rest. Second baseman Mark Loretta is the only Padre that will be headed to the midsummer classic.
Lawrence is unbeaten in his last three starts, and has yielded two runs or fewer in three of his last four outings.
The Padres have lost three straight, including the first two games of this series. On Friday, San Diego closer Trevor Hoffman gave up a tiebreaking two-run homer to Mark Sweeney in the ninth as the Rockies pulled out a 6-5 win.
Shawn Chacon recorded his 20th save for the last-place Rockies, who have won seven of eight.