Oh, hi, Jon Lester. I didn’t see you pitching there because I thought it was previous ace Jon Lester. It’s all very confusing and unclear whether this was an indication that he’s getting out of his slump or whether this was just a shining moment. Either way, it’s a great sign. It means that he still has his old self in him and that it’s ready to emerge. Hopefully his performance means that it’ll emerge soon.
He pitched seven beautiful shutout innings. He gave up four hits and issued two walks. And he struck out eight. That’s the Jon Lester I’m talking about.
Thornton and Beato pitched the eighth and ninth, respectively. There’s the shutout I was looking for. Revenge is a dish best served cold, but it’s almost August, and cold is nowhere in sight. But it was still awesome.
With one out in the first, Victorino walked and scored on a double by Napoli. Ellsbury led off the third, and two outs later, Papi shook off his rage of Saturday night and smacked a two-run shot on hits third pitch and second slider of the at-bat. We took a break until the eighth, which Pedroia led off by lining out. But then Papi singled, Napoli walked, and Gomes, who came in to pinch-hit for Carp, received an intentional walk to load the bases. Salty singled in two.
And that’s how we got to shut out our opposition, five-zip.