Like in business, most accomplishments in baseball are a team effort. Even something like a new record for strikeouts isn’t a solo affair. There is the aid of the catcher, of course — but also the trainers, nutritionists, manager, position coaches and more behind the scenes whose contributions all build up to these moments.
Take the time to recognize the entire team behind your wins at work.
Originally posted on HardballTalk:
Jon Lester struck out a career-high 15 batters and allowed just one hit over eight scoreless innings this afternoon in a 6-3 victory over the Athletics in Fenway Park in Boston.
It was a dominant performance from Lester, who walked two batters on the day and gave up his lone hit on a single by Craig Gentry in the third inning. The southpaw struck out the final three batters he faced in the eighth inning and was pulled after throwing 119 pitches. The A’s made things interesting after Chris Capuano took over in the top of the ninth inning, but Koji Uehara managed to snuff out the rally to secure the victory, albeit in shaky fashion.
Lester’s previous career-high for strikeouts was 13, which he did on July 24, 2010 against the Mariners. The 30-year-old is the first Red Sox pitcher to strike out 15 batters in a game since…
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