Chicago Cubs pitcher Jon Lester broke the longest hitless streak to begin an MLB career when he recorded his first hit off of St. Louis Cardinals pitcher John Lackey on July 6.
Jon Lester has finally broken his hitless streak.
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According to ESPN's Jesse Rodgers, Lester finally got his first hit in his 67th career at-bat against the St. Louis Cardinals' John Lackey on July 6.
Rodgers says Lester got the hit off Lacky while facing an 0-2 count with two outs and two runners on base during the second inning. Lester's grounder hit Lackey on the leg and made its way to shortstop Jhonny Peralta's part of the field. However, he couldn't make a play.
The Wrigley Stadium crowd gave Lester a standing ovation once he reached first base. Lester then pointed his two fingers up the sky, per ESPN.
Lester had "a sheepish smile" when he broke his hitless streak, per MLB.com's Carrie Muskat. The Cubs got him the ball so he can keep it as a souvenir.
Lester now has recorded one walk and one hit in his 10-year Major League Baseball career. He is now 1-for-72 at the plate, per Rodgers.
Lester's hitless streak was the longest to begin an MLB career, per ESPN.
Former San Diego Padres pitcher Joey Hamilton held the previous record when he went 0-for-57 in 1994 and 1995, per Rodgers.
Muskat notes Lester is pitching in the National League for the first time in his career. He and Lackey were teammates with the Boston Red Sox.
The Cardinals broke a scoreless tie in the top of the seventh inning by scoring two runs. They added four more in the top of the ninth to shut out Lester's Cubs on Monday, 6-0.
With the win, St. Louis improved to an MLB-best 54-28 (.656) while Chicago slipped to 44-37 (.543), per Yahoo! Sports.
In another development, Lester's two teammates, first baseman Anthony Rizzo and rookie third baseman Kris Bryant, have been named as reserves of the National League in the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, per a separate update from Muskat.
The players voted the 25-year-old Rizzo in while National League and San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy selected Bryant, per MLB.com.
Muskat stresses it's the first time a Cubs rookie will play in the MLB All-Star Game in seven years. Geovany Soto and Kosuke Fukudome represented the team in the 2008 festivities at the old Yankee Stadium in Bronx, N.Y.
Rizzo told Muskat he's honored.
"It's just awesome," he told MLB.com on Monday. "It's a great honor to get that from the players...For the players to vote me in is really special."
The 23-year-old Bryant was just as overwhelmed, per Muskat:
"It's all happened so quick. I've had so much fun so far -- the people I've met, the relationships I've formed. All of that plays a big part in where I am now. I'm so thankful for the opportunity I've been given, to play for a team like this, and I'll go out there and help them win any way I can.
"Right now it's pretty special.
"It is exciting, especially to be on a stage like this in Major League Baseball and, obviously, I've been in some all-star games, but I don't think anything can compare to making the Major League All-Star team."
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