Jon Lester pitched the best game of his young career last night, allowing the Kansas City Royals just one hit (but four walks), and Jonathan Papelbon notched his 28th save as the Red Sox won 1-0 at Fenway last night.
Lester wasn't in trouble the entire night. He threw just 100 pitches in 8 innings and gave most of the bullpen a well-earned rest. Lester is now 5-0. He was in command all night, and the walks were scattered. He didn't go deep into many counts, which had been a big problem for him.
Alex Gonzalez singled in Jason Varitek for the one lone run of the game. Royals starter Brandon Duckworth pitched a good game, and the Sox never really threatened until the fifth.
It was also an historic night for Tek, as he became the Red Sox all-time leader in games caught with 991, passing Carlton Fisk. At the start of the sixth, he received a standing ovation from the Fenway faithful, and he twice acknowledged the cheers.
The future was clearly on display at Fenway Park last night. It indeed looks very bright.