Another strong Grapefruit League outing for Lester

Another strong Grapefruit League outing for Lester
March 2, 2013, 12:30 am
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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Jon Lester went three efficient, scoreless innings against the Pirates Friday night, giving up a hit and a walk with two strikeouts. He earned the win  as the Sox beat the Pirates, 5-2.
“It was good,” said Lester, who threw 46 pitches, 28 for strikes. “I was able to do some of the same things that we’ve talked about earlier --  staying tall and driving the ball downhill and was able to do that tonight. Mixed in a few other pitches, one maybe two changeups, a couple curveballs, and a couple cutters.  So it was nice to break them all out and get good results.  It’s always nice when you’re working  on things to get good results from it. And you can keep building off that.”
Lester improved to 2-0 and has yet to give up a run this spring.
“I don’t know if confidence is the word, I think comfortable is better,” he said. “I’m becoming more comfortable with the adjustments that we’re making. Any time that you make changes and you get good results from those changes it obviously reinforces them and you keep working on them. That was kind of the thing last year. We were trying ot make changes and not getting good results. So it’s hard to stick with those and really ride them out. So spring training is a good time to do it and really work on it because the results don’t matter, but at the same time you still want to go out and have good results like tonight.”
“Each time Jon gets on the mound whether it’s in side work or game actin, he’s been down in the zone consistently,” said manager John Farrell. “That was the case again tonight.”
Although it is still early in the spring, Farrell has noticed a difference in Lester compared to last year.
“When you look at the lower half in his delivery, he’s working downhill much more consistently,” Farrell said. “And if you were to look at video any time of midseason last year to now you’ll notice a very different lead leg. So that’s been able to allow him to work from a high to low trajectory through the strike zone rather than collapsing on the back side and pushing the fastball through the zone. And that’s what’s allowed him to throw the ball down in the bottom of the zone.”