Friday, June 28, 2013

Jon Lester Shuts Down Blue Jay Juggernaut

(Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It was time for Jon Lester to look like the Jon Lester of old—and he did just that last night. The big lefty had all four of his pitches working and carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning in a 7-4 victory over the recently surging Blue Jays. Lester went seven solid innings, giving up just four hits and striking out five. He left with two on and no one out in eighth (with a 3-0 count on the next hitter) when he suffered a jammed hip on an awkward pitch. It's not yet known how severe the injury is. The Boston offense was all accomplished in the second inning—when they sent eleven batters to the plate and scored seven runs. The outburst was highlighted by Dustin Pedroia's fifth HR of the year (a two-run shot) and featured five straight hits by Boston players off loser Chien-Ming Wang.