Jon Lester is taking full blame for the Cubs’ disastrous 11-Four outing in opposition to the Athletics on Tuesday.
The Chicago left-hander gave up 11 runs over 4 innings earlier than he was yanked, matching his profession excessive for probably the most runs he is given up and he pushed his ERA to 4.46.
“What happened is I gave up 11 runs,” Lester stated, through NBC Sports activities Chicago. “It doesn’t matter how I feel. It doesn’t matter about a game plan. It doesn’t matter about executing pitches. It doesn’t matter about anything. I gave up 11 runs.”
The second inning was notably brutal as Mark Canha led off with a triple. Lester did strike out Chad Pinder, but it surely was a catastrophe afterward. Eight Athletics gamers had been in a position to attain and Dustin Garneau hit a three-run homer, as properly.
By the point the inning was over, the Athletics had been up, 8-0.
“I’m pretty much the weakest link in the rotation right now,” Lester stated. “I gotta work out a strategy to proper that ship, choose my find yourself and do higher.
“Our rotation has pitched well except for me, you look at the last two games. So, flat out do better.”
Regardless of the painful sport, cubs supervisor Joe Maddon stated he wasn’t going to harp on Lester, nor dwell on the sport.
“Jon’s been there before,” Maddon stated. “This is a waste can kind of a night. You just dump it and move on.”