Lester, now off to a 4-0 start for the third time in his career, has limited opponents to three or fewer runs in each of his starts. While one of the first things Farrell told Lester this offseason was to stop snapping at umpires, Lester regressed slightly Wednesday.
“We had some reminders between innings,” Farrell said. “He made some good pitches, and you know what, Jerry’s zone was very liberal at the bottom of it. Got to continue to block that out and execute, and for the most part he did just that.”
You win no brownie points because you didn’t flip your lid. But you win them when, in the face of adversity, you find a way.
Wednesday, Lester found a way to keep his team in the game. It enabled the Red Sox to win another game when their ace was pitching. That means a lot.
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