Jon Lester wasn’t in a mood to pat himself on a behind Saturday night, even after adding to a list of clever outings from Cubs‘ starting pitchers.
“I felt good,” Lester said. “In a end, we mislaid a game, so it doesn’t matter how we felt.”
Lester’s 6 innings of two-hit round was squandered when relievers Carl Edwards Jr. and Mike Montgomery imploded in a eighth inning. They authorised 5 runs on dual homers that resulted in a 6-3 detriment that evened this best-of-five National League Division Series during one diversion apiece.
In Lester’s final 17 innings in 3 outings dating behind to Sept. 25, he has authorised usually dual warranted runs on 11 hits. Lester threw usually 86 pitches Saturday, that creates him an appealing choice if this array goes to a fifth and determining diversion Thursday during Nationals Park.
Regardless, Lester is some-more meddlesome now in enlivening Edwards and Montgomery to pierce on from their struggles.
“If they don’t feel any support in this room, afterwards something’s wrong,” Lester said. “We all have their backs. We’ve all been there, either it’s a starting pitcher, a bullpen man or whatever. We’ve all given adult large hits, large home runs. Turn a page.
“We’ll be fine. We’ll all have any other’s back. We’ve been personification for 8 months together, and those dual have been there for a integrate of years. Hopefully a conditions arises on Monday, and they go behind out there and dominate.”
As recently as Sept. 20, there were some questions about Lester’s dependability after he authorised 7 runs on 8 hits and 3 walks in 4 1/3 innings of a detriment to a Rays.
But Lester has walked usually 4 given then, and no out for him was bigger than a 94 mph representation that Trea Turner chased out of a strike section for a strikeout with a bases installed to finish a fifth Saturday.
Lester pumped his fists several times as he walked off a mound.
“I suspicion that (inning) he had to quarrel by substantially took a seventh inning out of him,” pronounced manager Joe Maddon, who carried Lester for pinch-hitter Jon Jay in a seventh. “But he was really good. His fastball was outstanding, and he was spare with his pitches.”
Lester lowered his career postseason ERA to 2.58, that ranks fourth among competent active pitchers, and he lowered his Division Series ERA to 1.65.
“We knew what a charge during palm was entrance in, ” Lester said. “The large thing is to get to Chicago. That will make everybody feel better.”