Posted by: Nate | May 19, 2008

Lester No-Hits the Royals!

Jon Lester just finished no-hitting the Kansas City Royals tonight at Fenway Park! In his first complete game in the Major Leagues he throws a no-no, the first by a Red Sox lefty since Mel Parnell in 1956 and the 18th in team history. Also of note, this marks the fourth no hitter caught by catcher Jason Varitek in his career, which is a MLB record (Hideo Nomo, Derek Lowe, Clay Buchholz and Jon Lester). A pretty special night for both Sox fans and baseball fans in general, as Lester adds another chapter to his already impressive baseball story. He now has a World Series clinching victory and a no hitter after his courageous comeback from cancer.

His line for the night: 9.0 ip 0h 0r 0er 2bb 9k’s

He also threw lots of of first pitch strikes, which is very important for him. I think 20 of the 28 batters.

Watching the post game commentary from everyone, and watching the game myself and gauging my reaction to it it was clear that this was more than just a no hitter for a lot of people. Given all that Lester has experienced in the last few years with overcoming cancer, clinching the World Series, the trade rumors and the growing pains on the mound it was a really special experience – even more so than the already impressive no hitter would have been on it’s own merit.

Francona was incredibly emotional and it really drove home what a player’s manager he is, really caring about all of his players and their well-being even outside the realm of baseball. You can talk all you want about being a “player’s manager” isn’t necessarily the best style, but I think it works really well with this group of guys on the roster and the environment that is Boston.

I mentioned earlier this season that I was really invested in Lester this year and thought he was finally going to turn the proverbial corner and harness his abilities and limit his walks. So far he has been better, but still with room for improvement, but this type of outing really solidifies in my mind that he has the tools to be able to compete at a high level and be effective as a mid-rotation type of guy. I was never in favor of the Santana deal, not because of the prospects aspect of it but more so the money concerns, but this last start really made me appreciate the Sox brass a little more for sticking to their guns and not making a deal. Here’s hoping for more continued success from our draft classes, starting tonight with Masterson’s spot start.

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