Friday, May 21, 2010

Jon Lester Completely Pitches The Boston Red Sox To Victory Over The Minnesota Twins

The Boston Red Sox, behind the exquisite pitching of Jon Lester, defeated the Minnesota Twins by a score of 6-2. In doing so, Lester now has the best winning percentage of ANY pitcher in major league baseball history with more than 100 starts. He is 46-18 which comes out to a winning percentage of .719. That's amazing! He also gave the bullpen a night off, going 9 innings and giving up 2 runs, one earned while surrendering 5 hits and walking nobody. He also blew away 9 Twinkie batters. He was overwhelmingly overwhelming. Here's the Boston skipper, Terry "Tito" Francona...

“He was pounding the strike zone,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He was using all his pitches, and when he did give up a hit . . . he was able to come back."

After the game, Lester talked about the importance of going the distance...

“Any time you give the bullpen a break, it’s great,’’ Lester said. “We beat the bullpen up early on this season and now it’s time for us as starters to go out there and pick them up and not give them a work night. It’s always nice to do that. It builds confidence to know you finished what you started. It’s a cool feeling."

On the offensive side, the suddenly hot Victor Martinez had two thumping doubles and Kevin Youkilis, the offensive star of the game, had an RBI double and a three run home run that briefly reached earth orbit. He CLOBBERED it! He said this after the game...

“We haven’t won as many games as we would like to this year, but we’ve been in a lot of close games,’’ said Youkilis. “I think the big thing for us is we’ve got to win the close games from here on out. When we’re ahead, we’ve got to keep that lead. We’ve got to scratch away when the lead is not that far in front of us. It’s good to play a team that’s at the top of their division and win, but also it’s just good to win.’’

So it was a successful 2 game homestand for Boston as they prepare for inter-league play (uhh) with a 3 game set in Philadelphia. The Yankees are lucky enough to be matched up with the Mets. It hardly seems fair, does it? Here are the pitching matchups for the Philly series, which will feature the return of the much-missed Jacoby Ellsbury...

5/21/2010 at Phi 7:05 PM ET NESN/CSN *Lackey (4-2) vs. Hamels (4-2)
5/22/2010 at Phi 7:10 PM ET FOX *Matsuzaka (2-1) vs. Kendrick (2-1)
5/23/2010 at Phi 1:35 PM ET TBS/WPHL* Wakefield (0-2) vs. Halladay (6-2)

Yes, that's right. Roy "Doc" Halladay is a Philly. He's one tough customer. And remember this...Josh Beckett still has a ways to go to get his back back in shape. We'll be OK. And that's it for this Friday. Enjoy the day, click on this post's title for something Soxy and as always, BE WELL. See ya.


At 5/21/2010 1:57 PM, Blogger Mike said...

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At 5/23/2010 5:57 AM, Blogger Peter N said...



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