The Orioles scored five runs tonight on six hits in the first two innings vs. Jon Lester. He threw 57 pitches.
Usually, that's about six innings worth for him vs. the Orioles.
Until tonight, the Orioles had never scored this many runs in one game off Lester. His previous worst outing vs. Baltimore was on August 13, 2006 when they got four runs in five innings vs. Lester. That is the only previous time in 15 career starts vs. the O's that they had scored more than three runs off him.
That August, 2006 start was Lester's first-ever outing vs. Baltimore.
Lester vs. Baltimore, entering tonight:
2010 vs. O's: 2-0, 0.47 in three starts (1 ER over 19 IP)
Career vs. Balt: 12-0, 2.00 in 15 starts
Career at Balt: 5-0, 1.83 in seven starts
So this would be quite different tonight.
I think I just heard one fan say to another, "is this heaven?"
"No, it's Buck Land," the other replied.