With all of the troubles the Red Sox have had this season, it’s no wonder that they sent just over the bare minimum players to take part in the 2014 All-Star Game.
The 2013 defending World Series champions had just two player representatives in the 85th Midsummer Classic: starter Jon Lester and closer Koji Uehara.
Lester, who was taking part in his third All-Star Game, came in to relieve starter Felix Hernandez in the top of the second with the AL leading 3-0. Giancarlo Stanton popped up to Robinson Cano at second for the first out of the second before Aramis Ramirez singled to center on the first pitch he saw from Lester.
Chase Utley got a hold of one and drove it all the way off the right field wall, scoring Ramirez from first to get the NL on the board. Jonathan Lucroy then doubled over Mike Trout in left to plate Utley and make it 3-2. Carlos Gomes then popped out to catcher Salvador Perez for the second out of the inning and Andrew McCutchen flew out to Adam Jones to retire the side.
Lester threw 22 pitches in the second – 17 of them for strikes – and allowed two runs on three hits in his inning of work. His night was over after one inning, as John Farrell brought in Yu Darvish for the top of the third.
In two previous All-Star nods, Lester threw one inning of scoreless relief at the 2010 game in Anaheim. He did not play in the 2011 event at Chase Field in Phoenix due to injury.
Koji Uehara, making his All-Star debut, came in for relief in the top of the sixth with a runner on third and two outs, trying to keep the AL ahead 5-3. He threw just four pitches – all strikes – en route to striking out Devin Mesoraco to strand Aramis Ramirez at third and erase the NL threat.
That was all Uehara would see on the night, as Farrell tabbed Greg Holland to pitch the seventh.