May 20, 2008 1 Comment
Clay Buchholz got his last year, and now Jon Lester (3-2) has his. The 24-year old lefty collared the Kansas City Royals for 8 innings, earning the complete game shutout and no-hitter. I think it’s now safe to say that he’s made a full recovery from his lymphoma. He had to use 130 pitches, which is not ideal, but he threw a lot of strikes tonight, walking only two and striking out nine Royals. They really need to figure him out; Lester threw most of a one-hitter against Kansas last July. For a lefty to throw a no-hitter in Fenway is even more impressive, as much as righties like to use the Monster to play wall ball with relatively medium-distance fly balls. A wind blowing in from the outfield likely helped tonight, but it’s still a great, great moment for the young pitcher.