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Lester gets the best of a neck and neck duel on the mound.

7/10/09

Jon Lester successfully established his off-speed early in the game tonight and managed to keep hitters off balance mentally. He was in the driver’s seat all night long and even at one instance struck out a hitter on an outside 0-2 change-up. Lester lowered his ERA from 4.16 to 3.87 while throwing for 4 Hits, 8 Strikeouts, 0 Runs and only 2 Walks. His amazing performance was paired with one of the cleanest Saves that Papelbon has pitched this season who retired the last three batters sequentially.

Pedroia provided the only RBI of the game who has now edged to an even .300 batting average. The game ended 1-0 in the Red Sox favor, but any Boston fan would tell you they had another run. Ellsbury had the presence of mind to take home plate while Kotsay was caught in between first and second base. However, the home plate umpire Derryl Cousins saw it differently, calling him out and subsequently throwing him out after Ellsbury openly argued the call. Replays of the play would show Ellsbury was safe.

By Zachary Gallant

1 comment:

  1. Bad calls can favor either team and have a way of evening out so I feel that calls should never be argued to the point of getting thrown out of a game. Usually the ump realizes it when he make a mistake and appreciates the players and managers that don't try to show him up and is likely to make it up to them with a questionable call in their favor, so just show patience.

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