I suppose that it was bound to happen eventually. I would have preferred that it didn’t. If Lester wanted to keep winning forever, that would have been fine with me. But I guess the fact that he lost his first start of the year makes him human or something. I don’t know; I just feel like I didn’t really need him to lose to prove that.
With two out in the first, he gave up a single, a walk, and a three-run home run. With two out in the second, he gave up three consecutive doubles that resulted in another two runs. He was fine in the third and fourth, but he was back at it in the fifth. His first batter of the inning reached on a throwing error by Middlebrooks and stole second. Lester then issued a walk and benefitted from a subsequent double play. But then he issued another walk, and a run scored on a single. He had a one-two-three sixth.
All told, he allowed six runs, five earned, on seven hits while walking three and striking out two. He threw 109 pitches. So he was inefficient. He got himself into too many jams. He couldn’t close the deal and got himself in trouble too often. He had no command, no control, and no knowledge of the strike zone when it counted. Worst of all, his cut fastball was just lame. That’s the best adjective I can think of. It was just lame. They didn’t move or dance or do any of the things that they’re supposed to do.
Truth be told, six runs isn’t a horrendous start. We’ve had games where we’ve scored more than double that. Unfortunately for Lester, yesterday’s game wasn’t one of them.
Drew walked and Salty went yard for two runs in the third. Papi and Napoli worked back-to-back walks to lead off the seventh, and Middlebrooks hit a bases-clearing double. And that was it for us. Mortensen pitched the seventh, and Breslow pitched the eighth.
So the final score was 6-4. Our winning streak stopped at five. All because Jon Lester couldn’t get the third out way too many times.