Monday, April 20, 2009
Johnson Gets Win #296; Lester's 7 Shutout Innings Lift BoSox
Players of the Day for Sunday, April 19, 2009 American League Jon Lester (1-2) earned his first win of 2009, hurling 7 shutout innings at the Baltimore Orioles, leading to a 2-1 Boston win. The win was Boston's 4th straight, evening their record at 6-6, in the upside-down AL East, where the Blue Jays are in first and the reigning AL champion Tampa Bay Rays are last. Lester was in complete control during his outing, allowing four hits, two walks and striking out 9. The lefty was a bright spot for the Red Sox last season with a 16-6 record, a 3.21 ERA and two complete game shutouts, one of which was a no-hitter. National League Randy Johnson picked up his 296th career win with a 7-inning 1-hit performance over his former team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Johnson, who will turn 46 on September 10, is seeking the magical 300-win plateau, got just enough support from his San Francisco teammates in a 2-0 triumph. The 8th and 9th innings were worked - in perfect order, not allowing a baserunner - by 36-year-old Bob Howry and 27-year-old Brian Wilson (no, not the Beach Boy), who earned his second save of the season. Johnson, who walked 2 and struck out 7, allowed only a 6th inning double by Augie Ojeda.