The streak of godawful outings continues for Jon Lester.
The supposed “ace” left-hander went five and two-thirds innings, allowing five runs (all earned) on nine hits (two of them being home runs) while walking three and striking out three. Fortunately for Lester, the Red Sox offense was able to bail him out and the Red Sox would go on to win 10-6.
The biggest star of the night on offense was Shane Victorino. The right fielder went 4 for 5with a home run and five RBI. Stephen Drew and Jose Iglesias would each go 3 for 5 and score three and two runs respectively.
The only bad news on the night was really Lester’s outing. He continues to disappoint. If he isn’t hiding an injury, there’s an even bigger cause of concern going forward. With Clay Buchholz still on the DL in addition to Lester’s mediocre stretch, there’s real concern at the top of this rotation. The cries for a certain lefty in Philadelphia are growing louder. I think his first name’s another word for ledge.