Jon Lester took the hill tonight for the Oakland A’s and pitched a complete-game shutout in just his second start for the best team in baseball.
Lester’s final line was fantastic as he allowed just three hits on 122 pitches to go along with eight strikeouts and just two walks. The win is Lester’s second in as many starts as a member of the Oakland A’s. He had a perfect game going until the top of the sixth inning when for Oakland catcher Kurt Suzuki got Minnesota’s first hit of the night.
That sixth inning turned out to be Minnesota’s best chance to score after they got two runners on with nobody out quickly. However, Jon Lester proceeded to strike the next two guys out before walking the bases loaded. He then got out of the jam on a ground ball to Josh Donaldson at third base though and that would be it for the Twins.
His counterpart, who had the unfortunate fate of facing Jon Lester tonight, allowed three runs on six hits in 5.2 innings.
The Oakland A’s opened the scoring this evening on a two-run homer to right-center field by Stephen Vogt in the bottom of the third inning. That was his sixth of the season.
Those were the only runs scored on the night, but again with Jon Lester’s performance tonight there was no need for more than one run.
Tomorrow night we will get to see lefty Scott Kazmir (12-4, 2.53 ERA) take on arguably Minnesota’s best pitcher so far this season in right-hander Kyle Gibson (10-8, 3.93 ERA). Gibson has struggled on the road a bit though where his 4.38 road ERA is slightly higher than his 3.93 average.