Stat Line Of The Night – 5/14/12 – Jon Lester
The Boston Red Sox got off to a very slow start on the season, and they sit in last place in the American League East, 2.5 games behind the Toronto Blue Jays. Only recently has Boston been able to play well consistently, and they went into Monday night’s contest against the Seattle Mariners on a three game winning streak. Boston sent their ace Jon Lester to the mound to square off against the Mariners’ quality lefty, Jason Vargas.
The Red Sox put their ace ahead early, scoring two runs against Vargas in the first frame. The Sox would add three more runs in the fourth inning, and tack on another in the bottom of the eighth. Up until that point Lester had yet to give up a run, but he would eventually surrender one in the top of the ninth, when Ichiro Suzuki scored on a ground ball by Kyle Seager. Lester would go the distance, and finished the night with 9 innings, 6 strikeouts, 1 earned run, 8 hits, and no walks. Lester succeeded by almost exclusively inducing ground balls, as hitters sent 10 grounders to the Red Sox’ infield, and the M’s only managed to hit 3 fly balls off of him all night.
With the win, the Red Sox move from 3.5 to 2.5 games behind the Blue Jays, and sit 5.5 games behind first place. Lester’s excellent complete game performance for the Red Sox, which extended their three game win streak, earns him “The Stat Line of the Night” for May 14, 2012.