Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Jon Lester Is Becoming The Boston Red Sox STOPPER...Boston 4 Seattle 0

John Lester spun another gem Monday night in Seattle as he and his team beat the host Seattle Mariners 4-0. Lester was able to go 7 1/3 innings, giving up zero runs and eight hits while striking out 6. He walked absolutely no one. It was another tremendous start in this, his breakout season of 2008. He is close to becoming the stopper of the club, and something like that couldn't happen to a nicer and more courageous person. Great job, Jon! Jonathon Papelbon took care of the last five outs of the game, giving up nothing to the last place Mariners. Here's what Mr. Lester and his manager had to say after his performance in Seattle, very near his hometown...

"Unlike the last couple times here, I didn't have the distractions or anything," Lester said. "It's nice to come back home and pitch halfway decent," he said.

"I looked up in the fifth or sixth inning and he'd thrown only 11 balls," Francona said. "Those were quality pitches, too. That was terrific. You hope when you give a guy rest, you hope it's not too much."

One of the Sox batting stars was none other than the struggling Jason Varitek, a man who manager Tito Francona refuses to bench except for the days that Kevin Cash catches Tim Wakefield's knuckies. He had two hits, including a two run tater. Jed Lowrie, who will be a starter and a star in the next couple of years, also collected two safeties and two RBIs. In all, the Red Sox had eleven hits, Seattle just eight. It was a great win for a great pitcher, and coupled with the Rays' win and the Yankees' triumph, things are status quo in the AL East, with the Sox 1 1/2 games behind the Florida team. There are two games left for Boston in the Pacific Northwest, and then it's on to the Big Apple to play the Yankees for three. But one game at a time, please. Tonight in a late night start, it will be Daisuke Matsuzaka versus R.A. Dickey. A win would guarantee a series win, but I want ALL THREE before we go east to face those pinstriped ones. Sound good to you? I certainly hope so.

You can click on this post's title to be teleported to the Boston Globe Boston Red Sox homepage, if you wish. Your atoms will be scrambled and reassembled at the arrival site. So go ahead, and as always, BE WELL. FOREVER.

7 Comments:

At 7/22/2008 6:33 AM, Blogger Fenway West said...

I was so great to see Tek finally come up big. Now if some of that mojo can find Ellsbury and Buchholz.

 
At 7/22/2008 6:41 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

FW, I'm more worried about Clay than I am about Ells...Jacoby will be fine, getting better every year. He will be the primiere centerfielder in all of baseball in three....just a gut thought.

 
At 7/22/2008 6:42 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Sometimes my gut is dead on...other times? Oh well......

 
At 7/22/2008 10:10 AM, Blogger Bosox Fan in Wichita said...

I was glad to see us with great pitching and our bats come through in the clutch a couple of times; it helps get that nasty "monkey" taste out of my mouth.

I have felt like I had my atoms scrambled some mornings.

 
At 7/22/2008 3:35 PM, Blogger Rooster said...

Tek came up big once, but he also made outs twice with the bases loaded. If we had lost 5-4, he would have looked bad leaving all those runs out there.

But, I am so glad he connected with that one, and a rare homer from the right side at that!

Now, if Dice-K can baffle them tongight - one night at a time!

 
At 7/23/2008 5:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Dice WAS good...we go for a sweep today with the iffy (so far) ClayB.

 
At 7/23/2008 5:01 AM, Blogger Peter N said...

Thanks FW, BFW and Rooster.

 

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