Lester's first pitch to Hardy was a cut fastball, which was supposed to start on the inner half of the plate before coming inside and busting Hardy's bat. Instead it started in the middle of the plate and broke right into Hardy's happy zone, and he blasted the pitch over the left-field fence for a two-run homer and a 2-1 lead.
This game's all about the Red Sox (and secondarily, the Rays). But can't we spare a moment to applaud J.J. Hardy, who's now hit 30 home runs this season, after hitting only six homers last season and 11 the season before?
Hardy, once considered one of the National League's best shortstops, can now make the same claim in the American League.