Jon Lester Overwhelming in Red Sox Win Over Phillies
By John Green
For the most part I try to make these spring recaps all about the Red Sox. Jon Lester made it easy for me today with an absolute gem.
Lester’s Line: 7IP, 2H, 0ER, 0BB,10K
Simply said, he was dominant. This is what the leftys catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said after the game.
"He was commanding his fastball inside and down, which obviously makes his other pitches better. It makes them more aggressive on that low pitch, and we can throw it in the dirt and get them to swing over it. At the same time, when he elevates the fastball, it’s hard to catch up. He looked real under control. His delivery looked real tight. He basically repeated it every time"
On the offensive side for the Red Sox it was mostly about the long ball. Dustin Pedroia got it started in the first inning with a solo shot making it 1-0, Red Sox.
The Sox would get another in the second when Jarrod Saltalamacchia singled, went from first to third on a single from Ryan Sweeney and then Jimmy Rollins bobbled a grounder off the bat of Jose Igesias.
Three of the Red Sox runs came in the fifth inning when David Ortiz singled to drive in Lars Anderson and then Cody Ross blasted a two run homer to left driving in Big Papi to make it 5-0.
The sixth and final run of the game came on a solo homer from Sox minor leaguer Mauro Gomez in the top of the ninth.
With Jon Lester likely to get one more turn in the rotation before his Opening Day start, todays outing was a welcomed source of enthusiasm for Red Sox fans. Stay tuned in to BoSox Injection and never miss a beat when it comes to Red Sox baseball.
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