MORE Good News. Jon Lester News. The BEST Kind!
This is from Foster's Online, out of Dover NH. And it's about our very own Jon Lester's start yesterday for the Pawtucket Red Sox...read and smile. I know I did!
PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) "Jon Lester pitched five scoreless innings Tuesday night for the Pawtucket Red Sox against the Columbus Clippers and left the game with a 4-0 lead. Lester allowed four hits plus two walks and matched his season high with six strikeouts. He threw 79 pitches, including 50 for strikes.
"Early on I struggled with my mechanics and had to battle through a couple of innings but as the game went on everything got a little tighter and a little better," Lester said.
"We want to get better every start and get the pitch count up," he continued. "This time it just happened to be the curveball that worked well. Next time, it may be the changeup or the fastball."
In his previous start, on May 24 against Syracuse, Lester was prohibited from throwing his cut fastball because Boston's medical staff felt it might have contributed to cramping in his forearm that he suffered on May 2 against Indianapolis.
"I threw two of them tonight and felt fine," Lester said of his cutter. "I'm sure they'll increase the numbers as we go on."
After his latest start, Lester is 0-1 with a 1.24 ERA, seven walks and 19 strikeouts in 21 2/3 innings. He's also allowed only 14 hits."
Peter here, and that news warms my heart. Great job Jon. And we can't wait for you to take your rightful place in the rotation. And when you first step towards Fenway's fabled mound, the earth will shake when all of us, ALL OF US, stand and cheer you. With maybe a few tears, too! The BEST kind of tears...tears of happiness. From our hearts, and souls.