Thursday, April 29, 2010
Lester bests the Blue Jays
By Ian Hunter
Of course, when you can't put runs on the board, you can win the game ... as was well-illustrated in last night's 2-0 loss to the Boston Red Sox. Just like Clay Buchholz did on Tuesday night, Jon Lester stifled the Blue Jays bats, holding them to one hit through seven spectacular innings.
The Jays racked up another 15 strikeouts against the Red Sox which brings their grand total as a team to a Major League leading 179. That's 31 more than the next highest team in the American League.
The Blue Jays also lead baseball in total home runs, so it's evident that their hitters are swinging for the fences more than any other team. Unfortunately, they're coming up short with the runs when they need them the most.
It's difficult to pin the loss on one or two individuals because aside from the pitchers, it was an overall poor effort from the entire lineup. Guys were hacking left right and centre, and couldn't catch up to Jon Lester and especially Daniel Bard.
Now it's time to reload and regroup before the Oakland A's roll into town. First order of business - score a run!