It's been a while since we cranked up the Box Score Bank around these parts, so without further adieu . . .
Tonight at Fenway, Jon Lester will start against the Braves for the second time in his career. When was that first time, you didn't ask? Well, it came six years ago, in Lester's first career win.
So let's set our sights on June 16, 2006
X-Men: The Last Stand was No. 1 at the box office . . . Chamillionaire was riding dirty atop the Billboard charts . . . We were one month (less a day) from the launch of Twitter . . .
And down at Turner Field in Atlanta, Jon Lester was picking up win No. 1:
Final score: Red Sox 4, Braves 1
Lester went six innings on the afternoon, giving up only one run (on a sac fly by Chipper Jones), striking out five and walking three on a total of 93 pitches. The Sox offense on the afternoon was courtesy of Mr. Three Doors Down himself, Jason Varitek, who went 3-4 with three RBI. Mike Lowell knocked in the other run with a second inning single.
Lester went on to win his next two starts, eventually improved to 5-0 and didn't pick up his first loss until start No. 10. All part of an impressive winning percentage that still ranks in the Top 10 in Major League history.
The Sox will take another one of those tonight, as they look to earn their sixth straight win.
That is, as long as Thunder doesn't ruin everything for the second consecutive night.