Sunday, June 07, 2009
LESTER BEFUDDLES RANGERS
Nothing but good news from Fenway Park last night. Jon Lester was simply dazzling. He started the game with 6.1 perfect innings, and finished with a complete game 2 hitter. He struck out 11 batters, 10 in the first 6 innings. And this Rangers lineup is hardly a bunch of pushovers and easy outs.
Even more good news: David Ortiz was 2 for 3 with a homerun. He actually has a 5 game hit streak going, and he's batting .285 in that stretch. It's hardly time to declare him out of his funk, but perhaps like the economy, he's getting worse at a better rate.
That being said, Ortiz's 2 homeruns this year both came against poor pitching in blowout victories.
Daisuke pitches this afternoon against the Padilla Flotilla.
The Red Sox passed the Yankees for 1st place as New York lost to Tampa Bay.
Man of the Game:
Jon Lester - 9 IP, CG, 2 H, 2 BB, 11 K, 1 ER
AP Photo/Mary Schwalm