Chicago Cubs: Lester on his tough outing: "No excuse for it"


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David Banks - USA Today Sports
David Banks - USA Today Sports

The Chicago Cubs won 8-4 against the Miami Marlins on Opening Day Thursday afternoon. However, the Cubs bullpen pitched 5.2 innings of scoreless relief to bail out the ineffective veteran starter Jon Lester.

Lester went only 3.1 innings getting roughed up with 7 hits, four runs, two walks, and only two strikeouts.

He told the media following the game that he has no excuses for his performance.

“I’m not going to sit here and make excuses for anything,” Lester told reporters. “I didn’t throw the ball very well at all today, and there’s really no excuse for it.

Lester didn't have a good feel for some of this pitches.

“Guys I got ahead of I couldn’t put away, guys I got behind I couldn’t get back ahead. I really had no feel for a breaking ball. Good cutters I did throw were just balls out of hand.”

Lester is now 1-2 with a 4.14 ERA in seven career starts on Opening Day. His next scheduled start is Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds.

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