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Monday, May 10, 2010
Lestee, you're our only hope
Ask any non Pink Hat Red Sox fan and they'll tell you our best starting pitcher the last few seasons has been Jon Lester, not Josh Beckett.
That gap continues to grow with Jon Lackey probably Boston's second best pitcher. Lester (3-2) salvaged a bad series with the Yankees (21-9) by helping the Sox (16-16) win 9-3 last night at Fenway. New York won the first two in blowout fashion.
Once Lester gets out of April, he's a beast and he's followed that routine this season. He went seven innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits with two walks and seven strikeouts.
The only runs the Yankees got off Lester were from solo home runs by Nick Swisher and A-Rod in the fourth inning.
A.J. Burnett (4-1) continued his awful track record at Fenway, getting lit up for nine runs (eight earned) on nine hits with three walks and four strikeouts.
The big inning was the third for the Red Sox as they batted around and plated five runs. J.D. Drew (sacrifice fly), David Ortiz (RBI double), Adrian Beltre (2 run double) and Jeremy Hermida (RBI single) kept the inning alive with productive at bats.
Hermida added a two-run homer in the fifth.
Toronto comes to town tonight for three games. The Blue Jays are playing well, up 2.5 games on the Sox but the last time they played the Sox (a few weekends back at the Rogers Centre), they got swept by Boston. Brandon Morrow goes against Lackey.