Saturday, April 19, 2014
Jon Lester and manager Bobby Valentine spoke to the media after the Red Sox 15-7 loss to Toronto on Sunday. Lester allowed 11 runs in 4+ innings.
(Can you describe your outing?)
"I think it pretty much describes itself. I don’t have any words for it."
(Is your confidence shaken?)
"It’s obviously not at the highest it’s ever been. No one is going to feel sorry for me. I got to go out and pitch, and pitch better. I’m not worried about my confidence. I’m not worried about my mechanics. I’m not worried about anything except to execute pitches and I’m not doing that.
"If I just try to get back to basics, keeping the ball down. In and out. Change speeds. Things will be different."
(Can you talk about quickly digging a hole for the offense?)
"It’s never good. It’s embarrassing. I’ve let my team down a lot this year. It’s hard for me to walk around this clubhouse and look guys in the eye right now.
"I’m not pitching well. I’m not doing my job. The guys scored seven runs today. We should have won. Like I said, it’s embarrassing."
(What can you do to improve?)
"Do the same thing I’ve been doing. Busting my (butt). Have to keep trying to put myself in the best position both physically and mentally to succeed. That’s all I can do.
(Can you turn this around quickly?)
"God, I hope so. It’s getting old. I’m tired of (stinking).”
(Have you ever seen a team give up so many runs in the first inning?)
"I’ve never seen an offense put in such position they’ve been put in. Battling from the start of the game. They keep battling back, keep scratching away, fighting. But its not fair."
(Will Junichi Tazawa go back to the minor now that he's been used in three straight games?)
"I don’t think so. Tazawa’s pitching so well. That’s a great performance. Three in a row. He’ll be able to bounce back, I’m sure."
(Is there anything physically wrong with Jon Lester?)
"Nothing physical. We've asked repeatedly."
Kevin Thomas covers baseball and basketball for the Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram. He wisely moved to Maine in 1994 after working for the St. Petersburg Times. He is married to Nancy and they have nine children.
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