Monday, May 19, 2008

LESTER THROWS A NO HITTER AGAINST K.C.

Jon Lester threw his first career no hitter against the Kansas City Royals tonight. He has faced just one more than the minimum before walking the first batter in the ninth. He then got a grounder to third advancing the runner to second for the first out in the 9th. DeJesus grounded out to Youk for the second out. The Fenway crowd cheered as Lester got a foul for strike one, a swing and a miss for strike 2, missed high with a fastball for a 1-2 count followed by another foul ball. A swinging strike ended the game and Lester had thrown the 18th no-no in Sox history.

Lester spoke after the game:

"Words can't describe it right now. I really didn't [think about pitching a no-hitter], just tried to focus on throwing one pitch at a time and going after guys and staying focused and not worrying about the score or how many hits or whatever they were doing... I can't lie, it went through my head a couple of times in the ninth but it just worked out."

You can watch each out of the no hitter below.

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3 comments:

BL Rob,  May 20, 2008 at 6:10 AM  

unreal!

and to think, he and Ellsbury were almost shipped off to Minnesota!

I just can't get enough of these kids...

Rooster May 20, 2008 at 7:55 AM  

Two Sox pitchers, under the age or 25, pitch no hitters within 8 months of each other!

Farm system is producing better than the Yankee farm system, no?

How about Lester's final pitch - 96 MPH!

Dave,  May 20, 2008 at 9:28 AM  

Looks like Lester might be pitching next Sunday at Oakland and I'll be there!!!

As for Lester & Ellsbury -> MIN? One or the other *might* have gone, but no way in hell was Theo going to give 'em BOTH up.

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