The Boston Red Sox were blanked 4-0 by the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday in the final meeting of a three game set. Milwaukee benefited from superb starting pitching and cruised to the series sweep. Boston has yet to win at Fenway Park.
Yovani Gallardo, Milwaukee’s ace, was on the hill. He succesfully silenced the Red Sox lineup. Gallardo tossed 6 2/3 innings of scoreless ball. He scattered seven hits and struck out three.
Boston’s top arm, Jon Lester, pitched equally as well as his counterpart. Lester lasted 7 1/3 innings, allowing four runs, two of which were unearned. He struck out six and surrendered seven hits.
Most games in which Lester puts forth such and effort, it’s enough for his team to win. Sunday it was another story. Defensive miscues and ineptitude at the dish left Lester hanging.
The Brewers jumped out to an early lead, scratching across two runs in the second inning. Defensive blunders lead to another run in the seventh. Edward Mujica, who came on in releif of Lester in the eighth, allowed Ryan Braun to score the fourth Milwaukee run.
Lester had retired 16 straight batters prior to being tagged for that seventh inning run.
The Red Sox batters combined for nine hits. Each starter had one hit apiece.
Unfortunately, the Red Sox failed to bring across a single baserunner. Lester has now recieved just one run of support in two starts thus far this season.
Boston will welcome the Texas Rangers to town on Monday for three games. John Lackey will take to the mound as the Red Sox will look to shake their early struggles.