Jon Lester calls himself ‘weakest link’ in Cubs rotation after allowing 11 runs

first_imgJon Lester is taking full blame for the Cubs’ disastrous 11-4 outing against the Athletics on Tuesday.The Chicago left-hander gave up 11 runs over four innings before he was yanked, matching his career high for the most runs he’s given up and he pushed his ERA to 4.46. Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report says MLB wrap: Zack Greinke picks up win in Astros debut By the time the inning was over, the Athletics were up, 8-0.“I’m pretty much the weakest link in the rotation right now,” Lester said. “I gotta figure out a way to right that ship, pick my end up and do better. “What happened is I gave up 11 runs,” Lester said, via NBC Sports 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 particularly brutal as Mark Canha led off with a triple. Lester did strike out Chad Pinder, but it was a disaster afterward. Eight Athletics players were able to reach and Dustin Garneau hit a three-run homer, as well. Related News “Our rotation has pitched well except for me, you look at the last two games. So, flat out do better.”Despite the painful game, cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t going to harp on Lester, nor dwell on the game.“Jon’s been there before,” Maddon said. “This is a waste can kind of a night. You just dump it and move on.”last_img read more

Great Recognition: Ermin Bičakčić is Athlete of the Year of Braunschweig

first_imgStopper of the football team of B&H and of the German Bundesleague Eintracht Braunschweig Ermin Bičakčić was selected as the best athlete of Braunschweig for 2013.Bičakčić, according to readers choice of the local newspaper Braunschweiger Zeitugn in a tough competition was selected as athlete of the year of Braunschweig. In addition the him, the basketball player Schroder was in competition, football player Oldhafer and basketball player Hueske Bocher.With this club last year, Bičakčić was placed in the highest ranked league in Germany, and was selected as the best German defense of last season’s second league of Germany.(Source: read more