Merloni on Lester: Best pitching performance we've seen

Merloni on Lester: Best pitching performance we've seen
October 24, 2013, 1:45 am
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Jon Lester's Game 1 performance in the World Series against the Cardinals was one of his best starts of his career.

Lester held the Cardinals to five hits, shut them out for 7 2/3 innings, struck out eight and walked one as the Red Sox cruised in the opener, 8-1 on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Lester has now won the Sox's past two World Series games. He started and won the clincher in Colorado in 2007 when the Sox completed a four-game sweep.

On the "Playoff Central" postgame show, Gary Tanguay, Lou Merloni and Tony Massarotti agreed that wednesday night was one of the best game's of Lester's career.

"Given the stage it was one of the best pitching performances we've seen this season," Merloni said.

"One of the best by a Red Sox pitcher in the postseason, added Tanguay.

Massarotti compared it to Lester's regular season start when he outdueled the Tigers' Max Scherzer.

"It was hard stuff," Massarotti said. "Power pitching."