The Stat Line of the Night — 6/27/10 — Jon Lester
Jon Lester of the Boston Red Sox did a little bit of everything last night to help his team defeat former Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants. The victory gave the Red Sox the series advantage, but it wasn’t easy. After only 3 days in San Francisco, the Sox lost three key players to injury. Lester was not one of them, going the distance and even helping on offense. It was especially necessary for him to make it deep into the game, after the Sox went to their bullpen very early in Saturday’s game.
Lester had a dominant performance, throwing 9 innings of 1-run ball. He only gave up 5 hits and 1 walk. The key to his dominance was his ability to stay ahead of the Giants hitters in the count. 76 of his 103 pitches went for strikes and he even stuck out 9 hitters. That’s not all though. In a rare interleague opportunity for him to actually bat, he was able to sacrifice in the go-ahead run in the 2nd inning for a 2-1 lead he would not surrender.
The Red Sox sit two back of the Yankees and only 1 ahead of the Rays in the AL East. They have the most potent offense in the major leagues, but their pitching has been mediocre at times. With Lester hurling like he did last night, they would appear to be unbeatable. That division will come down to the last few days in September and if the Sox have Lester on the hill during that time, they have as good a chance as any team to win it.