Jon Lester needed 130 pitches and a strikeout to finish what he started last night. When the dust settled he had thrown the 18th no-hitter in Red Sox history. It took 2 hours and 30 minutes on the dot and took place in front of a crowd of 37,746.
It’s a great culmination for Lester who just over a year ago faced uncertainty in his professional career, battling cancer. It also just adds to another great chapter in recent Boston baseball; and sports fortune.
Most teams are lucky to get a no-hitter per decade. The Red Sox now have them in back to back years, with Clay Bucholz firing his own last season.
The lone home run of the game was his catcher, Jason Varitek. The biggest scare of the game, a looper hit by Jose Guillen, was saved by growing young superstar outfielder Jacoby Elsbury.
“It’s something I’ll remember for a long time,” said Lester. “He (Terry Francona) has been like a second dad to me. He cares a lot about his players. It’s not just about what you can do on the field.”
So what’s next for the Red Sox and Boston in general? I mean really. How the sports Gods have shined upon this city in the past 5 days and past 5 years. The one thing is it came against the Kansas City Royals, so it’s only really half a no-hitter. An asterisked no-hitter. Calm yourselves chowda heads. I kid.