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After a tremendous 2008 season, Sox lefty Jon Lester was poised for an even better campaign in 2009. In his first two starts, he was pretty shaky, going 0-2 with a 9.00 ERA in 11 innings. Sunday against the Orioles, however, he was magnificent.
Lester tossed seven shutout innings with nine strikeouts. He allowed only six baserunners (four hits, two walks) in easily his best performance of the season. Takashi Saito allowed a run in the ninth on an RBI groundout, but still earned the save in a 2-1 Red Sox win.
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF: SInce Ellsbury is obviously an avid reader of Sports of Boston (we hope), I’m going to make him our Sox Stud of the Game to boost his confidence. He was the only Sox hitter with two hits (2-4), finishing with a single and a dobule.
David Ortiz, DH: Big Papi is paid to be the Designated Hitter, and he’s officially not doing his job effectively in 2009. Ortiz finished 0-4 again with two strikeouts to drop his season average to .170. To make matters worse, he has just one extra-base hit on the season (a double).
WP – Jon Lester (1-2)
LP – Koji Uehara (2-1)
S – Takashi Saito (1)