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Jon Lester must watch Mad Men. He took the mound tonight for a team that had lost 6 of 7. Doubront is crumbling. The closers are on the DL. Fans are already losing faith. Clay Buchholz is being scrutinized for having a shiny arm. CBH is single-handedly shining the PED spotlight on David Ortiz. A clubhouse that a few days ago was surrounded in nothing but positivity is not battered with negative stories, angles, and doubt.
But as Don Draper once said (and Peggy Olson recently repeated), "If you don't like what's being said, change the conversation.”
9 IP 1 H 0 BB 5 K's That's all anybody will be talking about tomorrow. Consider the conversation changed. The bullpen needed another day of rest. The starters needed something to feel positive about. The clubhouse needed a win. It took Lester 118 pitches to accomplish all that.
On the flip side of the field, the Sox offense continues to get on base (10 hits and 5 walks), but are struggling to bring men home. Sure, they scored 5 runs, but they left men stranded in 7 innings, highlighted (lowlighted?) by Papi leaving 5 men on in his 3 hitless at-bats (he did draw a walk). His average is nosediving towards .300.
Victorino, Pedroia, Salty and Middlebrooks all had 2 hits and all drove in a run except Victorino. Nava had a 2 RBI double of his own.
Buchholz takes the mound against Mark Buehrle tomorrow. Clay 2 hit the Jays over 7 innings late time (and was so sharp they accused him of cheating), so let's hope he can keep build off of Lester's amazing night.