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Lester’s Struggles Continue, Blue Jays Pound Red Sox to Complete Sweep

Jon Lester exits after his worst performance of the season on Sunday (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The Blue Jays completed the sweep of the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday, winning by a score of 15-7. Jon Lester has been the focus of the media for his poor outings recently, and Sunday he hoped to get back on track. That was not the case as he gave up a whopping nine runs in the first two innings.

Brett Lawrie started the game off by blasting the first pitch he saw over the Green Monster to give the Blue Jays the early 1-0 lead. Yunel Escobar then walked and Colby Rasmus reached on a bunt single. Edwin Encarnarcion then hit a ground rule double down the right field line to score Escobar and move Rasmus to third. J.P. Arencibia grounded out but Rasmus scored on the play. Rajai Davis followed that with a double, scoring Encarnarcion. Davis then scored on a Jeff Mathis sacrifice bunt, giving the Blue Jays the 5-0 lead after one inning.

Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia both hit singles to get the Sox offense started. Adrian Gonzalez then hit his ninth home run of the season, making the score 5-3.

Things began to look grim in the top of the second inning. Two walks of Lawrie and Encarnarcion led to a two-out, three-run home run from J.P. Arencibia, which extended the Blue Jays’ lead to 8-3. Rajai Davis followed Arencibia’s lead and hit a home run of his own to make the score 9-3, only in the second inning.

Jon Lester was left in the game after two of the worst innings in his career. He was able to induce double plays in the third and fourth innings to escape jams, and keep the deficit the way it was. However, a two-run home run from Travis Snider, his first of the season, put an end to Lester’s woeful outing in the top of the fifth inning.

The Red Sox tacked on four more runs in the game. Gonzalez scored on a Mike Aviles sacrifice fly in the fourth. Jacoby Ellsbury hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning. Ryan Sweeney scored on a double from Mike Aviles in the sixth. Aviles then scored on a Nick Punto single.

The Blue Jays tacked on four more runs in the eighth inning, adding insult to injury as they put the finishing touches on the weekend series sweep.

What Now For Lester?

It’s safe to say that Jon Lester has hit rock bottom. After being the focal point of the Boston media for weeks because of his lackluster pitching performances, there is no doubt that the talks will be in full force following Sunday’s debacle. Lester’s pitching line on Sunday was 4.0 innings pitched, 9 hits allowed, 11 earned runs allowed, only 2 strikeouts, 5 walks, and 4 home runs allowed. Lester allowed nine runs in the first two innings of Sunday’s game and the fans at Fenway voiced their displeasure. As he exited the field in the fifth inning after surrendering his fourth home run of the game, the Fenway faithful booed the so-called ace of the staff. The trade talks and questions of what is wrong with Lester will continue to swirl as the deadline approaches. It is growing increasingly difficult trying to pinpoint what is wrong with Red Sox pitcher.

About Steve Bastek - @sbastek12

Graduate of Bridgewater State University with a BA in Communication studies. I've been a Boston sports fan all my life and enjoy having the opportunity to write about it.

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