The road trip that some would say could be the key to holding on to the AL East lead until the All Star Break has been a success thus far. The team has gone 2-1 versus both teams, and 4-2 overall.
Jon Lester, the already experienced young pitcher, faced a rookie 26-year-old pitcher, Jason Berken. He had struggled so far this season, going 1-4 and only pitching more than five innings twice in his six starts.
Meanwhile, Jon had caught fire. At the moment, he has become a strikeout machine, and his record has jumped because of it. In his last five games he had 44 Ks, and it's a weird thought to say that he's younger than Jason Berken.
Eight pitches into the game, Jason Berken had already given up a run. J.D Drew knocked a triple on the third pitch, and on the eighth Dustin Pedroia brought J.D Drew home with a single.
Meanwhile, Lester went to work. In the first inning he got strike out No. 1, and another in the second. For the first four innings, he was getting one strikeout in each one.
The Sox scored three runs in the fourth inning, topped by J.D Drew's two-run homer. It seemed that the Sox had quickly taken a strong lead, at 4-0.
In the fifth inning, all three outs for Lester were strikeouts. He was absolutely dominating the Orioles' line up.
Jon Lester was done pitching after seven innings. He had pitched very well giving up just five hits, while allowing no runs, and striking out eight. His record improved to 7-6, as Jason Berken took the loss to go to 1-5 after pitching only five innings. Thankfully, his bullpen was perfect.
Delcarmen and Okajima split the eighth inning for the Sox pitching, but with two outs and two on Ramon Ramirez was taken out of the game for the Sox and was replaced by saver Jonathan Papelbon. Papelbon needed just three pitches, and the Sox won the game, 4-0.
The Sox improve to 5-2 on the road trip, and seem to be playing very well on both sides. Its a great day to be a Sox fan!