Lester pitches a gem to get his first Cubs win
CHICAGO – On a day much cooler than this one about a few weeks back in April, Jon Lester said he was willing to be patient to a point with his pitching.
That was on April 19th against the Padres when he allowed three earned runs in a 5-2 loss. It was the third-straight game he left without a win and afterwords said he was progressing but at the end of the day he would be judged on wins and losses.
No surprise there. He did sign a 155 million dollar contract with the Cubs just a few months ago.
After yet another bad start against the Reds a week ago, that desired start finally was produced by the Cubs’ biggest free agent signing.
Lester delivered by far his best performance of the season on a warm afternoon at Wrigley Field. He pitched seven shutout innings while striking out four and scattering three hits in the Cubs’ 1-0 win over the Brewers.
It’s Lester’s first win of the season after suffering two defeats in April and the shutout helped drop his era from 6.23 to 4.71.
As if Theo Epstein couldn’t have felt better about his free agent aqusition he also got some encouragement from one of his prospects. Addison Russell got the Cubs’ only run on his first career homer in the third inning.
After Lester left the game Pedro Strop and Hector Rondon came in to pitch back-to-back scoreless innings. Rondon struck out two batters in the ninth to pick up his 5th save of the season.