Boston Red Sox’s Jon Lester threw a dominant game against the Oakland A’s and added his name to the MLB record books after conceding just one hit in eight innings.
Red Sox were home and dry at 6-0 when Lester stepped down from the plate at the end of the eighth and the 30-year-old ended the day with stunning stats: eight innings, one hit, no runs conceded and 15 strikeouts.
The double-digit strikeouts was the 18th of Lester’s career, which tied him with Joe Wood for third on the Red Sox’s all-time list but Lester has a long way to go to catch Rodger Clemens (68) and Pedro Martinez (72). Craig Gentry was the only batter with a hit off Lester with a leadoff single but was suffocated by the lack of support.
Lester complained he was struggling with his cutter and losers before the game, but it clearly didn’t affect the pitcher during the game.
Speaking to MLB.com, Lester said: “I don’t take much stock in my bullpens anymore. Youre down there to get loose. I think the biggest thing for me is getting on that mound and getting that adrenaline going.”
The 30-year-old improved his record to 3-4, while lowering his ERA hugely from 3.10 to 2.59. Lester, meanwhile, did his job peerlessly the batters got to work in the bottom of the first.
Dustin Pedroia got a walk against Oakland’s Tommy Milone, with a Xander Bogaerts single and a walk by David Ortiz before Mike Napoli was give out swinging. Jonny Gomes stepped up and smashed the Red Sox’s second grand slam in as many days.
The first innings set the tone for the rest of the match and although a late rally in the ninth by the A’s made it 6-3 off reliever Chris Capuano, it wasn’t enough.
While Lester had an near-perfect day his opposite number Milone is suffering badly this year falling to 0-3 with an ERA of 5.68.
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