The Boston Red Sox started their six game west coast road trip on the right foot. After losing two of three games to the rival New York Yankees, the Sox bounced back Tuesday night with a solid pitching performance by Jon Lester, leading to a victory over the San Francisco Giants. As Boston.com reports on August 20, it was the energy of Lester that kept the team focused after a cross-country flight to the Bay Area.
Lester definitely had his grove back, allowing only six hits and striking out three over eight inning. The shut out was Boston’s seventh and as Lester said after the game, his performance and the victory couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Obviously these guys had a long day. For us to come with that travel schedule, which guys aren’t normally accustomed to, and do what we did tonight was big for us.”
The offense was led by Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia who each drove in runs with RBI doubles. That was really all the Sox needed as Lester outpitched Giants’ starter Tim Lincecum. Shane Victorino and Will Middlebrooks added RBI’s as the Red Sox cruised to the 7-0 victory.
Lester, who retired the first nine Giants he faced, was exactly what the Sox need and was a welcomed sight for Red Sox manager John Farrell.
“We needed a strong pitching performance. On a night when we could use a guy to get deep in the game, he gave us just that. He wanted every potential to finish out that game but we had agreed that he wasn’t going to go out and grind through the ninth inning just to throw a complete game. Outstanding effort on his part.”
Lester gave way to Brandon Workman in the ninth inning. Workman was after to complete the shutout as Lester recorded his 11th victory of the season.