Just like we said in our series preview leading up to the clash against Milwaukee, Jon Lester has tended to come back from bad starts and pitch extremely well in his next game. That’s exactly what happened on Thursday night as Lester shutout the Brewers.
Lester’s final line was six innings allowing just three hits, no runs, one walk, and six strikeouts. He earned the quality start and the first win for a Cubs starter with 61 strikes on 89 pitches. Lester’s velocity seemed to have come back and increased, as he was able to locate pitches at the plate better.
It was not just a spectacular start for the 34-year old veteran, but it was also interesting. In the first inning, he gave up his only walk to Ryan Braun who immediately stole second before Lester even had a chance to throw a pitch to the next batter. It was two outs at this point and then right before the second pitch, Braun took off again trying to steal third, but Jon Lester had the bounce throw to catch him stealing. It was actually a perfect play from Lester who showed he still can throw to a base.
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Overall, it was the kind of performance Jon Lester and the entire staff needed desperately. Maybe with Lester’s quality start, this can get the other starters going into a groove. If that happens, the Cubs have the scariest team in baseball.