Jon Lester pitches very well, and Jason Varitek delivers a go ahead home run.
One of those we've come to expect, the other...not so much as of late.
Lester pitched an excellent seven-and-one-third innings, yielding eight hits, no runs, and no walks.
The two biggest complaints about Lester over his career have been his high walk totals and his tendency to nibble around the plate. His monthly splits show a dramatic drop in the amount of walks issued over the last two months, and the results truly speak for themselves.
I'll have an article on Jon Lester's year later on in the week hopefully.
Meanwhile, it was the bottom of the lineup that fueled the win last night. Jed Lowrie went 2-3 with two RBI. (His Red Sox Hall of Fame induction and number retirement should be available sometime during the next homestand.)
The biggest surprise of the night, however, came from the Captain.
In the fifth inning, Jason Varitek hit a two-run shot to left field (going 2-4 on the night), giving the Red Sox the lead. It was a pleasant surprise to say the least, and I really hope this is what gets him out of this horrific slump.
This may be a sign of life, on his part. It may just be an aberration. Either way, the Red Sox absolutely need Jason Varitek to start hitting better. The bottom of the lineup becomes a black hole when he's struggling.
Tonight's matchup will see Matsuzaka (10-1, 2.65 ERA) facing R.A. Dickey (2-3, 3.73 ERA). It'll be nice to see another knuckleball thrower besides Tim Wakefield. It's like finding an animal you thought was extinct for years.
Before I go, I would like to shamelessly plug my friend Rob's radio show. Tune in tonight (and every Tuesday night) from midnight to 3:00 AM for the Sports Review on WRIU with Rob Petrin and Scott Terrana.
It's a great show focusing primarily on the Boston sports scene, and you should all give it a listen!
Take care everyone, and Go Sox!