Yet again, Lester had a good bad day. Like I always say, the mark of an ace is delivering a start that’s awesome by most clubs’ standards on a bad day, and that’s what Lester did. The one run on three hits over six innings with sixty-nine strikeouts was fantastic. The four walks with only three strikeouts on 113 pitches was not. He was inefficient, he got behind in way too many counts, and you could tell that it wasn’t coming easily for him. He was laboring every step of the way.
Thanks in part to a fielding error by Lowrie, Lester found himself in a bases-loaded situation in the second with two out, which he thankfully escaped unscathed with a groundout. He didn’t even allow his run until the seventh, when a triple, a walk, and a single brought one in, which was when Lester exited for Bard, who exited in the ninth for Wheeler.
As embarrassing as it is, Lester was in the middle of a pitcher’s duel with a Kansas City starter entering the fifth inning. That was when our lineup finally put an end to it.
Tek hit an RBI triple in the fifth, his first triple since June 24, 2007. McDonald hit a solo shot in the sixth on a fastball to left center field. Crawford hit a solo shot in the seventh on a fastball to right center field. The Royals scored their run, and we kept right on going. A double, a single, and an RBI single by Gonzalez to begin the eighth, followed by the inning’s first out, followed by a sac fly and a double that each brought in one.
The final score was 6-1. We put up ten hits to their three. Three hours and thirteen minutes of to-the-point taking care of business. Short and sweet but getting the job done. We win the series. As we should.