It was another mediocre start for Lester. I guess his final line wasn’t that bad, but to have actually watched him pitch was to have actually watched him fight and grind and wrestle. He just didn’t really look like any of it came easily to him. Even when there were moments where the real Jon Lester emerged, it didn’t look easy and effortless, which is what it looks like when he’s in top form.
He was golden through four and took care not to get himself into any jams of note. But he gave up a solo shot with two out in the fifth, and he gave up another run in the sixth thanks to a walk-single-single combination, and he gave up a third run in the seventh thanks to a single-walk-single combination; the run was batted in by, of all people Coco Crisp after Tazawa came on. The runner who scored, in case you were wondering, was Josh Reddick.
Tazawa pitched the eighth, and we didn’t score in the ninth. Just like we didn’t score when at any other time in the whole game.
We had two on in the first and sixth and one on in the second, third, fourth, and fifth innings. We didn’t score at all. So we lost, three-zip.