Jon Lester picked up his first win as a member of the Oakland A’s this afternoon in his first start with his new team. His teammate from Boston, Jonny Gomes, was also key in his return to the A’s. Sam Fuld also looked good contributing both on offense and defense.
Jon Lester was strong in his first game as a member of the Oakland A’s and allowed three earned runs on nine hits to go along with three strikeouts and a walk in 6.2 innings of work. The three runs is all the Kansas City Royals would earn throughout the game, and after Lester left Jesse Chavez, whom Lester displaced from the rotation upon his arrival, closed out the game.
Jonny Gomes was instrumental to the team offensively as he picked up two RBI’s on a single during Oakland’s big fifth inning. He also picked up a run. His other hit came on an infield popup to the first baseman who lost the ball in the sun.
One of the guys Gomes drove in, Sam Fuld, also had an impact today in his second-straight for the Oakland A’s. start Fuld’s impact was more on the defensive side of things, though he did pick up a on a bunt in the bottom of the fifth inning where the Oakland A’s picked up all their runs.
Defensively he threw out Alex Gordon at home plate in the top of the fourth off of a line drive hit right at him. The double-play stopped the Royals from increasing a 1-0 lead they had at that point.
On the flipside of things, Nick Punto left the game with an injury and was quickly placed on the DL after he injured himself rounding third during the Oakland A’s fifth inning rally. Immediately following the game, in his post-game press conference, manager Bob Melvin stated that Punto would be heading to the DL with a strained left hamstring. Eric Sogard came in to replace the injured Punto for the remainder of the game.