Friday, March 1, 2013

Lester Shines Again As Red Sox Beat Bucs, 5-2

Photo by J. Meric/Getty Images
If the Red Sox have the Jon Lester we've see so far in Spring Training, Boston will win a lot of the lefty's starts. Maybe it's reuniting with John Farrell, or the departure of Josh Beckett or just a resurgence of his obvious talent. Whatever it is, Lester is in a zone so far. Tonight, he hurled three shutout innings, giving up just one hit and striking out two. He kept the ball down, used his devastating breaking ball, and had a great rhythm on the mound. Speaking of good pitching, Rubby De La Rosa was impressive again as well—going two scoreless innings. Alex Wilson finished off the game with a flair, while knuckler Stephen Wright had mixed results. On the offensive side of the ball, Dustin Pedroia knocked in two runs and is now hitting .400 on the Spring. Mike Napoli, Mike Carp and Stephen Drew also knocked in runs. Boston beat Pittsburgh, 5-2.