Cubs starter Jon Lester didn’t get a hit in his first 66 at-bats. As a pitcher, he isn’t expected to hit, but he was extraordinarily unsuccessful at the plate, setting a record. He ended the streak last July, in his 67th career at-bat, with an infield single off of current teammate John Lackey, then with the Cardinals.
Lester has taken the next step in his offensive evolution. He hit an opposite-field two-run home run in the fourth inning off of Rockies pitcher Scott Oberg in Cactus League action on Wednesday. The blast gave the Cubs a 5-0 lead and they would go on to win 10-0.
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On the pitching side of things, Lester tossed five scoreless innings on one hit and one walk with 10 strikeouts, lowering his spring ERA to 2.12.