May 10, 2013
Blue Jays come up empty against Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester
By MIKE RUTSEY, QMI Agency
BOSTON - The Blue Jays tried for the 'Hail Mary' against the Boston Red Sox.
It didn't work.
In picking soon-to-be 40-year-old Ramon Ortiz to start in a critical three-game series, the Jays were hoping to find lightning in a bottle.
Instead, lightning found them in the form of Jon Lester.
Lester toyed with a perfect game bid but in the end had to settle for a complete game shutout as the Red Sox blanked the Jays 5-0.
The Red Sox came into the game having lost three in a row at home to the Minnesota Twins, six of their last seven and seven of their last 10.
They were in a hurting way.
The problem was that Lester wasn't and the Boston left-hander flashed no-hit type stuff — the Jays broke up his perfect game bid with a two-out double in the sixth by Maicer Izturis. It would be their lone hit.
At first glance the pitching matchup of Ramon Ortiz vs. Jon Lester seemed to tilt so far in Boston's favour that is was laughable.
Nothing against Ortiz, but he's well past his best before date.